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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

US Mint Product Schedule Update


The US Mint's product schedule has been updated with release dates for two major products coming in early June. These products are the 2009 Proof Set and the Letitia Tyler first Spouse Gold Coin.

While the US Mint has not yet issued the official product release notifications, this post will provide some preliminary information on the products. I will follow up with additional details and some opinions closer to the actual release dates.

2009 Proof Set

The annual proof set is one of the core products of the United States Mint. The set contains proof versions of all coins issued for circulation. The proof coins are struck at the San Francisco Mint and carry the "S" mint mark. The 2009 Proof Set will see the number of coins included expand to 18. This is an increase by four from last year's proof set which contained 14 coins.

Each 2009 Proof Set will contain the four different 2009 Presidential Dollars, Native American Dollar, Kennedy Half Dollar, the six different quarters released under the DC & US Territories Quarters Program, Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel, and the four different 2009 Lincoln Cents. The Lincoln Cents will be struck with a composition of 95% copper, 3% zinc, and 2% tin that matches the original composition of the coin used in 1909.

The price of the 2009 Proof Set is expected to be $29.95. This would represent an increase of $3.00 compared to the prior year. The increase is likely attributable to the inclusion of the additional coins. The currently scheduled release date is June 1, 2009.

Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin

The Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin will mark the tenth release for the First Spouse series overall. It will be one of five total releases for 2009, more than the typical four releases. The increased number is due to the fact that John Tyler had a first and second wife while serving as president.

The coins will contain one-half ounce of 24 karat gold. Unless there are any developments before the release of the coin, this is only one of two fractional gold coins issued by the US Mint so far this year. The other is the Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin.

The price of the Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin will be determined under the US Mint's pricing policy for gold numismatic products. If the average London Fix gold price for the week is within the $900 to $949.99 range, the proof coins would be priced at $629.00 and the uncirculated coins would be priced at $616.00. A bronze medal duplicate of the coin should also be available for $3.50. The currently scheduled release date for the coins is June 4, 2009 July 1, 2009. (US Mint product schedule update)

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7 Comments:

At May 6, 2009 at 5:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet! Thanks for the info.

 
At May 6, 2009 at 5:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although back in the day, I'm sue Martha Washington was quite the hottie, it looks like Mrs Tyler is the first First Spouse who might be somewhat attractive by modern definitions.

 
At May 6, 2009 at 6:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhhhh,very clever! So, just like the first 1909 S VDB cent the 2009 S VDB will be just as rare?

 
At May 6, 2009 at 6:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the 2009 Proof Set will have a household order limit in place?

 
At May 6, 2009 at 7:54 PM , Anonymous will.i.am mckinley said...

Finally an attractive design (read: woman) on a first spouse coin (Jefferson's Liberty excepted); not like that horrid harridan Harrison's likeness, what dreadfulness. I might even pick some of the product options that Mike mentioned in his post; the mintages sure are low.

Mrs. Tyler really is quite lovely. I hearby dub this release, "Sweet & low," 'cause she's a low-mintage sweetie.

BTW, got a Mint email notification of the upcoming clad proof sets-make sure your cc is current or else, blah blah-- so they're gearing up -

 
At May 7, 2009 at 7:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't the Mint just go ahead and release both Letitia and Julia Tyler on the same day? I bet they're released only two weeks apart at most. My guess is they want the absolute First Spouse die-hards to go ahead and order both coins individually on the first day, so they can get that many more shipping/handling charges. What a joke.

I'm collecting the First Spouse series (2 complete sets of Proofs and 2 complete sets of Uncirculateds so far), but I won't be buying this coin on the first day. Heck, I haven't even bought the Anna Harrison coins yet! My plans are to wait and see what happens with the price of gold by the end of this year, when all five designs are available at once. I've read predictions that it might be in the neighborhood of $600 by then, which would make the coins much cheaper than they are at present. Since I'm sitting on these coins, I don't want to tie up any more money in them than I have to.

I'm confident that they won't be selling out. The only way I'll get burned is if the Mint suddenly pulls them off-sale early, most likely citing some bull$%#! "blank shortage" or the like. That, or the price of gold ends up a lot higher by year-end.

 
At May 18, 2009 at 2:37 PM , Blogger MrMag said...

30$ for the proof set, not too bad I suppose - any idea how much the silver one is going to cost?

thanks for the info

 

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