How many coins in a mint set?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Kent, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Kent

    Kent Junior Member

    I was thinking about buying some of the older mint sets and was wondering were some made with 5 coins and others with 10? I have seen them from 1963 listed as 5 coin set or 10 coin set. I know you all will know Thanks as always for your help. Kent
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  3. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    1963: 10 coins.
    Every year is different, 2009 is about 30,000 to the set (or it seems so with all the quarters & pres $'s.)
  4. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    As mentioned it varies depending on the year. In GENERAL the mint set contains examples of the coins made for circulation that year. But there are some years that don't have certain coins even though they made them for circulation, and other sets that have coins that were NOT made for circulation, For example there are no ike dollars in th 1971 or 72 mint sets, but the 73 set does have them even though none were made for circulation that year. Before 1959 the mint sets were double sets with two coins of each denomination from each mint. Since 1959 just one coin of each denomiation from each mint.

    If you saw a listing for a 5 coin 1963 set it was either half of a mint set, or it was a proof set. Both the proof and mint sets used the same pliofilm type holders from 1959 to 1964.
  5. Kent

    Kent Junior Member

    Thanks I knew y'all would know. Kent
  6. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    I used to think that the Mint was starting to go crazy by issuing so many coins in their mint sets in the last few years. However, when you go back far enough, if they made mint sets through all of the years there would have been bigger sets than 2009. 100 years ago, the 1909 Mint Set would have included 29 coins (30 if you go for the 1909/8 $20 as well)!!! Go back even further and the 1857 Mint Set would be 36 coins!!! Would have cost more than the 2009 set as well since it would include $135 face value in gold!!!!!

    When I think about that, the cost and number of coins in a modern mint set doesn't bother me as much. :)
  7. Kent

    Kent Junior Member

    Thaks for the research and that 1857 set would be a nice one to have.
  8. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    The 2009 set is 36 coins as well, and it doesn't contain all the coins the US mint is striking this year like the 1857 set would have.
    2009 set
    8 cents
    2 nickels
    2 dimes
    12 quarters
    2 halves
    10 dollars. Total 36 coins Does not include the gold silver or platinum bullion coins, the two commemorative dollars, or the eight copper plated zinc Lincolns.
  9. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    good point Conder, don't forget about the 5 First Spouse coins this year too ;)
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