On November 30, 2020, the United States Mint released the 2020 Uncirculated Coin set (Buy on eBay) with a product limit of 213,000 and no mintage or household order limit. That product limit was the lowest for a mint set since 1959 when silver coins were still being struck and 187,000 sets were sold.
The reason the 2020 set had that specific product limit, which was 137,000 fewer than it was for the 2019 set, is the impact of the COVID-19 virus on production at the U.S. Mint, which necessitated changes to protect employees that resulted in a slowing down of production and more limited quantities of many coins.
The set also did not include a planned special bonus 2020-W Jefferson nickel, which according to the Mint was also due to the delays in production.
The 2020 Mint Set included 20 coins – 10 struck at the Philadelphia Mint and 10 struck at the Denver Mint housed respectively in blue and red folders.
America the Beautiful Quarters
The set included the 11th annual release of five quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program honoring: National Park of American Samoa (AS); Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT); Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (USVI); Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (VT); Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (KS)
Also included was the 2020 Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design featuring a portrait of Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ELIZABETH PERATROVICH,” “$1,” and “ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945.” The obverse design retains the central figure Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. The inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
Finally, the set included uncirculated versions of the 2019 Kennedy half dollar, Roosevelt dime, Jefferson nickel and Lincoln cent.
The sets did not sell as briskly as anticipated and were still available in 2021. Cumulative sales eventually reached just below the product limit, 211,787. These sets have been selling for a premium since the time when they were no longer available at the Mint.
2020 Mint Set Information
- Coins per set: 20
- Face value: $5.82
- Original Issue Price: $25.25
- Mintage: 211,787