A product of special interest to American Silver Eagle collectors, the 2012 Making American History Coin and Currency Set, includes a Silver Eagle and paper money.
Despite the rather unique offering, coin collectors have voiced frustrations about its contents, which includes:
- 2012-S Proof American Silver Eagle, and a
- Series 2009 Lincoln $5 bill
News about the coin and currency set first appeared during the third week of July, after the United States Mint published its price in the Federal Register and its product page within the bureau’s online catalog.
The 2012 Making American History Coin and Currency Set was released on August 7, 2012 for $72.95.
Voiced collector consternations comes from the fact that the proof Eagle was offered earlier this year in the 2012 American Silver Eagle San Francisco Proof Set and it was not expected to be available elsewhere. Coin collectors much prefer lower coin mintages as values long term tend to be much higher for them.
The Making American History Coin and Currency Set is intended as a commemorative product, with its product description noting it:
- celebrates the 220th year of service for the United States Mint, and
- commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
As a reminder of the BEP’s anniversary, each Lincoln $5 bill will begin with a serial number of "150." Both coin and $5 bill will have San Francisco markings. The proof Eagle will bear the "S" mint mark and the bill will have the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank designation.
The United States Mint has indicated an initial production of 50,000 units, with a maximum production of 100,000 units. There are no per household order limits.
In returning briefly to the 2012 American Silver Eagle San Francisco Proof Set, it was available for four weeks only and had a price of $149.95. Secondary market prices for it are now well over that amount, with the sets no longer available from the Mint as of July 5, 2012. Its last reported orders were above 251,000.
With the Making American History Coin and Currency Set including the 2012-S Proof American Silver Eagle, its secondary market value is likely to decline while the other coin in the proof set, the 2012-S Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle, should maintain and possibly move higher as the most unique American Silver Eagle in 2012.
Buyers may order the coin and currency set directly from the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov.