Earlier this year, I spoke of the 225th anniversary of the US Coinage Act of 1792 which would introduced the United States standard of money. If you live in United States or have visited here recently, you have probably seen the most common anniversary coin minted this year, the 2017-P Lincoln Cent. Though the mint originally kept this a secret, I started seeing them in change as early as March. This is the easiest way to celebrate the anniversary, but the mint has released other coins and collections this year:
The anniversary has introduced new Lady Liberty Coins. This time, liberty is depicted as a young African American. The mint released a gold and silver coin with the new Lady Liberty on the obverse and a majestic eagle on the reverse.
The gold coin was released in April and minted in West Point with a maximum mintage of 100,000. Though the denomination on the coin is $100, remember that the coin is one ounce of gold and will be sold by the mint for $1,690.
The silver medal was minted in Philadelphia and came out in June. This medal has no maximum mintage at this point, and is of course more reasonably priced at $59.95. On October 19th, the mint released a 4 silver medal set, one from each mint:
- Philadelphia – Reverse Proof
- Denver – Uncirculated
- San Francisco – Proof
- West Point – Enhanced Uncirculated
The 4 medal set will have a mintage of 50,000 and is selling at the mint for $199.95.
Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set
If you are looking for a more reasonable set to celebrate the 225th anniversary, try the Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set. Starting at $29.95, you get a clean polished set from the San Francisco mint that includes a Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar, Native American Dollar and all five America the Beautiful Quarters minted this year. Some of the lettering on each coin as well as some detail on the quarters and dollar are mirror like. Check out the water on the Ellis Island and Ozark Riverways quarters. I especially liked this year’s Native American Dollar which depicts Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee syllabus. The Cherokee letters are surrounded by a mirror like polished background.
This set was released in August with a maximum mintage of 225,000. The pictures on the mint website don’t do the set justice as they don’t show the mirrored part as they should. Unfortunately, the images above from my set are not the clearest, but at least you can see some of the mirrored portions.
Celebrate the Anniversary
Raise your 2017-P Lincoln Cent, because next year, the 2018 cent will come out of Philadelphia without a ‘P’ mint mark again. Maybe you’ll consider getting the new Lady Liberty Coins or the Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set. In any case, we can celebrate the anniversary of United States coins.