The 225th Anniversary Continues 4

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:

American Liberty

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.

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4 thoughts on “The 225th Anniversary Continues

  • Sameer khan

    Hi, This is really Good information about coins history. I never knew this before.

    Can you please tell bit history about Indian coins too?
    Do you have Indian coins also for selling?

    Are you celebrating this anniversary every year? 🙂

    Waiting for the Response for the coins of India.

    Thanks again for this wonderful information

    • Kevin Post author

      Hey Sameer, thanks for the comment! They are just celebrating this year because it is the 225th anniversary of US coinage. Maybe next year they’ll celebrate the anniversary of the Philadelphia mint which was built in 1793, but who knows.

      Unfortunately, I don’t know much about Indian coins. I don’t collect much beyond the US, though once in a while, I’ll find foreign coins in change and try to keep them. I’ve learned some American history from coins that I never learned in school. I’d bet you could do that with Indian coins also. Good luck! 

  • Isaya

    Wow those are some expensive coins! $200 for a set of 4 is a lot of money. Although to a collector that’s a reasonable investment!

    I myself have a small coin collection. I don’t actively collect, I just receive coins here and there from various places (mainly my grandmother).

    I love the uniqueness of collector’s coins, and these ones are definitely a special set to have in your collection!

    • Kevin Post author

      You’re right, it could be a reasonable investment. I haven’t purchased any of the Lady Liberty coins yet, but did buy the enhanced uncirculated set.

      I just started collecting coins again 2 years ago. I started when I was a kid but had to stop after I got laid off in 2001. My mom helped get me started with a bunch of Wheat pennies and Jefferson nickels. I hope you consider collecting more in the future. 

      Thanks for the comment!