U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set
While still not nearly as popular as the annual Proof Set, the United States Mint’s annual Uncirculated Coin Sets continued to show increased interest. The total sales for the 1952 Mint Set (Buy on eBay) reached 11,499, the highest level for the product to date.
As in previous years, the sets contained two examples of each coin issued for circulation. This year’s set had a total of thirty coins consisting of two examples each for the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter, and Franklin Half Dollar from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. For these coins with a face value of $5.46, the United States Mint charged $6.14.
The 1952 Mint Sets were issued within three cardboard holders, each containing the coins for a different mint facility. The holders had slots for two examples of each denomination and had paper flaps attached that could open to view one side of the coins. The high sulfur content of the paper and cardboard would cause original sets stored in the packaging to develop toning. This “Mint Set toning” ranges from dark and obscuring to colorful and attractive. Premiums are paid for the more attractively toned pieces.
These earlier Mint Sets with low production runs can sell for high prices to collectors. The quality of coins does vary from set to set, and it is possible that some higher graded coins may have been swapped out for average examples. If purchasing one of these early sets pay attention to the source of the set and whether the seller is the original owner.
1952 Mint Set Information:
- Coins per Set: 30
- Face Value: $5.46
- Original Issue Price: $6.14
- Mintage: 11,499