Souvenir Denver Mint Set question

Souvenir Denver Mint Set question

Post by Tommy Anderson Jr » Sat, 29 Jan 2000 04:00:00



    We have a 1974 Mint Set that we bought at the Denver mint in 1974.  In
our Red Book souvenir sets are mentioned, but none for 1974 specifically.
This set has the cent through the half dollar + a large copper colored coin
with the Denver Mint on the obverse and department of the treasury on the
reverse.  I know absolutely nothing about mint sets, and this is the only
one we have (we only recently re-discovered it).   Do all mint sets have the
mint coin, or only the ones sold as souvenirs at the mints ?

Tommy Anderson, Jr.

 
 
 

Souvenir Denver Mint Set question

Post by Steven Prest » Sat, 29 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
>We have a 1974 Mint Set that we bought at the
>Denver mint in 1974. In our Red Book souvenir
>sets are mentioned, but none for 1974
>specifically. This set has the cent through the
>half dollar + a large copper colored coin with
>the Denver Mint on the obverse and department
>of the treasury on the reverse. I know
>absolutely nothing about mint sets, and this is
>the only one we have (we only recently
>re-discovered it). ? Do all mint sets have the
>mint coin, or only the ones sold as souvenirs at
>the mints?

All mint sets (at least from the pliofilm days onward- not sure about
the early sets) have a mint token from each mint (either plastic or
metal, and nowadays they are struck on cent planchets that have a double
coating of copper). Only the souvenir sets sold at the mint itself have
the large mint "coin" (I believe it is either solid copper or bronze
alloy but again I am not sure of the composition). As far as value goes
(and bully for you for not askig :-)  , it does have a premium over a
"normal" mint set to some collectors- you don't have the P mint coins,
but on the other hand, there are fewer souvenir sets than regular sets.
A dealer likely wouldn't have much interest, but it should do well on
e-Bay (IMHO) if you decide to sell it. Hope this helps.
                              -Steve

 
 
 

Souvenir Denver Mint Set question

Post by Tommy Anderson Jr » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>We have a 1974 Mint Set that we bought at the
>Denver mint in 1974. In our Red Book souvenir
>sets are mentioned, but none for 1974
>specifically. This set has the cent through the
>half dollar + a large copper colored coin with
>the Denver Mint on the obverse and department
>of the treasury on the reverse. I know
>absolutely nothing about mint sets, and this is
>the only one we have (we only recently
>re-discovered it). Do all mint sets have the
>mint coin, or only the ones sold as souvenirs at
>the mints?

All mint sets (at least from the pliofilm days onward- not sure about
the early sets) have a mint token from each mint (either plastic or
metal, and nowadays they are struck on cent planchets that have a double
coating of copper). Only the souvenir sets sold at the mint itself have
the large mint "coin" (I believe it is either solid copper or bronze
alloy but again I am not sure of the composition). As far as value goes
(and bully for you for not askig :-)  , it does have a premium over a
"normal" mint set to some collectors- you don't have the P mint coins,
but on the other hand, there are fewer souvenir sets than regular sets.
A dealer likely wouldn't have much interest, but it should do well on
e-Bay (IMHO) if you decide to sell it. Hope this helps.
                              -Steve

Thanks very much for the info.  What we have is as you described as a
souvenir set sold at the mint.  The "mint" coin is almost as large as a
dollar.  Larger than the half in the set, and the color is identical to that
of the cent in the set, probably the same alloy.  We have no intentions of
selling the set.  I have a small collection of proof sets, but have never
had enough interest in mint sets to know much about the mint coin.  Again,
we thank you for the info.

Tommy

 
 
 

Souvenir Denver Mint Set question

Post by Joe Sewe » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

>    We have a 1974 Mint Set that we bought at the Denver mint in 1974.  In
>our Red Book souvenir sets are mentioned, but none for 1974 specifically.
>This set has the cent through the half dollar + a large copper colored coin
>with the Denver Mint on the obverse and department of the treasury on the
>reverse.  I know absolutely nothing about mint sets, and this is the only
>one we have (we only recently re-discovered it).   Do all mint sets have the
>mint coin, or only the ones sold as souvenirs at the mints ?

Only the Souvenir Mint Sets have the token you're looking at.  And only
the Souvenir Mint Sets have a single mint's coins.  Standard Mint sets
have both Philly & Denver coins (and, in the "good old days," San
Fransisco, too).  Recent sets include a mint token struck on a cent
planchet.

In general Souvenir Mint sets sell for the value of the individual coins,
i.e., there's no premium for the set.  The exceptions, as noted in the Red
Book, are the 1982 & 1983 sets, as no standard Mint sets were produced.
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