For a third year, the United States Mint issued Special Mint Sets in lieu of the typical annual Proof Sets and Mint Sets. The 1967 Special Mint Set (Buy on eBay) contained five coins struck with a high quality finish and placed within a rigid plastic holder.
Each set contained the 1967 Kennedy Half Dollar, which was struck in a composition of 40% silver. The set also contained a Washington Quarter and Roosevelt Dime struck in the recently introduced copper-nickel clad composition. Lastly, the 1967-dated Jefferson Nickel and Lincoln Cent included in the set were struck in their traditional composition.
As with the prior years, the special mint set coins were produced at the San Francisco Mint but do not contain a mint mark. The use of mint marks had been suspended in response to a nationwide shortage of coinage, which was blamed partly on coin collectors.
While most Special Mint Set coins feature a uniformly Brilliant or Proof-like finish, a small minority of coins carry an appearance similar to cameo Proof coinage. Such examples are prized by collectors and carry premiums. In third party grading holders, these coins will be denoted with the cameo, deep cameo, or ultra cameo designation.
The 1967 Special Mint Set was offered at a price of $4 per set. The total mintage was 1,863,344, representing the lowest level among the brief run of Special Mint Sets. Starting in 1968, the United States Mint would resume the typical issue of annual Proof Sets and Mint Sets for collectors.
1967 Special Mint Set Information
- Coins per Set: 5
- Face Value: $0.91
- Original Issue Price: $4.00
- Mintage: 1,863,344