Series notes: Mint Sets

Beginning in 1947, the United States Mint began offering sets of uncirculated coinage representing each denomination and mintmark from any given year. Until 1959, mint sets were packaged in cardboard panels and included two examples of each issue, thus giving rise to the “double mint set” nickname often given to these early uncirculated sets. In 1959, mint sets were packaged in cellophane envelopes, with coins from the Philadelphia Mint receiving their own cellophane package (bearing blue stripes on the edge) and Denver coins assembled in their own, red-striped cellophane package.

The United States Mint temporarily halted production of both proof sets and standard mint sets from 1965 through 1967, but in their place were issued so-called “Special Mint Sets” which bear a single coin of each denomination. Coins in the 1965 Special Mint Set range in quality, with some bearing dull, matte surfaces and a relative few containing coins with dazzling proof-like finishes. The quality of the coins in the Special Mint Sets was noticeably improved in 1966 and 1967, with most pieces from those years exhibiting neatly mirror-like fields and – in some cases – frosted cameo devices.

As the San Francisco Mint produced various circulating issues from 1968 through 1981, “S” mint coins were included in either Philadelphia or Denver Mint cellophane packs, depending on the number of coins issued by a given mint during a particular year. Uncirculated sets issued from 1947 through 1981 come in plain manila or white paper envelopes bearing minimal identification as to the contents within.

Federal budget cuts in 1982 and 1983 meant a temporary halt in official mint set production, but the popular annual sets returned in 1984, for the first time coming in more artistic outer envelopes with full, four-color photographs and graphic designs. As the number of coins offered in uncirculated sets grew beginning with the 50 State Quarters program in 1999, the US Mint switched mint set packaging to more rigid panels in 2007 and continues using this format today.

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  • Greensheet (wholesale currency) Values for Mint Sets

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  • 1947 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1948 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1949 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1951 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1952 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1953 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1954 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1955 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1956 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1957 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1958 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1959 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1960 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1961 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1962 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1963 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1964 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1965 Special Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1966 Special Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1967 Special Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1968 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1969 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1970 Large Date Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1970 Small Date Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1971 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1972 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1973 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1974 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1975 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1976 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1976 3-piece Silver Mint Set 25c -- $1

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  • 1977 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1978 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1979 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1980 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1981 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 1984 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1985 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1990 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1991 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1992 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1993 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1994 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1995 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1996 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1997 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 1998 Mint Set 1c -- 50c

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  • 2000 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2001 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2002 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2003 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2004 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2005 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2006 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2007 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2008 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2009 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2010 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2011 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2012 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2013 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2014 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2015 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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  • 2016 Mint Set 1c -- $1

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