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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

US Mint Product Schedule Update

The US Mint has updated their Scheduled Product Listing with dates for products expected to be released in the month of August. As opposed to prior years, the US Mint continues to update this schedule in pieces, providing a look at upcoming release dates one month at a time.

The following represents the updated portion of the US Mint's schedule. (The full schedule can be found here.)
8/6/2009 Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coins
8/6/2009 Julia Tyler Bronze Medal
8/13/2009 2009 Lincoln Cent Two-Roll Set “Professional Life”
8/18/2009 John & Julia Tyler Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set
8/20/2009 James K. Polk Presidential $1 Coin Rolls

The Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coins will be released August 6, 2009. This is just a little bit more than a month after the prior release for the Letitia Tyler coins. During 2009, there will be a total of five First Spouse Coins released, rather than the usual four, so the short gap between the latest releases will help put the Mint back on schedule.

The next 2009 Lincoln Cent Two Roll Set featuring the Professional Life design will be released on August 13, 2009. This will also be the date of the launch ceremony to be held in Springfield, Illinois and the circulation release date.

The Presidential Dollar Coin and Medal Set for John and Julia Tyler will be released on August 18, 2009. A separate set featuring John Tyler and his first wife Letitia Tyler has already been released.

The James K. Polk Presidential Dollar Rolls will be released on August 20, 2009. This will also be the date of the official launch ceremony to be held at Polk's home in Columbia, Tennessee and the circulation release date.

One notable change to the schedule which had taken place previously was to switch the expected release date of the 2009 Uncirculated Mint Set to "Fall" after it was previously listed as "Summer". The US Mint has reportedly encountered unique tarnish issues with the 95% copper Lincoln Cents that will be included with this set.

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12 Comments:

At July 21, 2009 at 5:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know if the Jackson Liberty First Spouse will be retired when Julia Tyler First Spouse goes on sale?

 
At July 21, 2009 at 6:47 PM , Anonymous John Sutter said...

An interesting historical note regarding the Polk dollars: he was in power during the California gold rush-- in fact the saying, "There's gold in California" was probably popularized by him.

 
At July 21, 2009 at 6:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Go West young man? Interesting note on Polk!

 
At July 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't the pennies in the proof sets the same as those that will be in the uncirculated sets? If so, why don't the ones in the proof sets have the tarnishing issue?...

 
At July 21, 2009 at 11:48 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...

Well, technically, S-mint proof coin pennies are struck with higher quality dies and polished planchets. The coins in the uncirculated set (P and D mints) are struck like normal circulating business-strike coins. However, in modern uncirculated sets, a burnishing is added to those coins that you don't normally see on uncirculated coins. So, in these respects, some of these differences could have affected the anti-tarnishing chemical composition so that it wasn't as effective on the uncirculated as it was on the S-mint proofs.

However, in addition, the Mint did all the post-processing of the S-mint planchets including the anti-tarnish stuff... but left it up to the actual third-party planchet makers to do the post-processing (burnishing and anti-tarnish) on the P & D mint planchets. So, I don't know the full story, but it seems that the two parties didn't quite share their anti-tarnish recipes as they should have.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 6:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"there's Gold in them thar Hills" I do believe came from Dahlonega GA, During the Gold Rush Days. Referring to the Gold in Ga.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 6:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horace Greeley said "Go west young man..." As I understand it, the pennies in the uncirculted set for 2009 will contain mint mark only on one set of pennines and no mint marks on the pennies from the other...

 
At July 22, 2009 at 6:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous who posted the first comment: I don't believe the Jackson's Liberty First Spouse Coins will be taken off sale when the Julia Tylers go on sale, since those coins are an extra issue, 2009 coin number "2B" if you will. The Jackson's Liberty coins should remain on sale until the release of 2009 coin number "3", being Sarah Polk.

To get back on schedule, the Mint SHOULD Be releasing the Sarah Polk coins in early September. However, if they delay them for unknown reasons like they did with the Letitia Tyler coins, it could be October before they show up. That would result in the Jackson's Liberty coins being sold for over 13 months, just like the Louisa Adams coins were.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is that trying to keep up with the First Spouse releases and actually purchase the coins as they come out has been brutal.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 9:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised at the number of people who seem to jump on the First Spouse coins on the release days now. Recent history has shown that there is no danger of the coins selling out anymore. I guess it's mostly the people who are obsessed with the PCGS "First Strike" baloney who make those purchases.

Me, I'm just going to wait until all five of the 2009 coins have been released, then just buy them all at once. Who knows, maybe the price of gold will retreat some and the coins will be cheaper by then. Also, by that time I should have another 0% credit card offer in place so I can stretch out payments for a year or more with no interest.

Buying these coins is indeed "brutal" as you put it. I'm beginning to think that I may have to abandon the Proofs and just keep my two sets of Uncirculateds going. The Uncirculated set should be the more valuable of the two options anyway, seeing as how there can never be more than 4,223 complete sets assembled (courtesy of Louisa Adams). How much further that number will shrink in the future is of course unknown, but there is little doubt that future coins will come in under that.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Michael said...

"Do you know if the Jackson Liberty First Spouse will be retired when Julia Tyler First Spouse goes on sale?"

I don't have an official answer at present, but I think the Jackson First Spouse would likely remain on sale. It was first offered on August 28th, so if they ended the offering on August 6th that would be less than one year.

The Mint has said that each coin will remain on sale until a sell out or for "approximately one year." The Louisa Adams turned out to be more than 13 months. I think the Mint would be more willing to go over the one year mark than to cut the offering short.

As someone else suggested, they are probably looking to align the end of the Jackson coin with the release of the Polk coin.

I will post information if I hear different.

 
At August 5, 2009 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Ron said...

"54-40 or fight" was Polk's famous cry, referring to the parallel forming the border with Canada, I believe.

 

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