Making American History Coin & Currency Set on Sale

in American Silver Eagle News

Sales started today, August 7, 2012, for a one-year only collectible product entitled the Making American History Coin & Currency Set.

Making American History Coin and Currency Set

U.S. Mint promotion image of the Making American History Coin & Currency Set

The unique set was created to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the United States Mint and the 150th anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Contained within the Making American History Coin & Currency Set are:

  • a 2012 Proof American Silver Eagle with a San Francisco "S" mint mark and
  • a Series 2009 $5 Federal Reserve note also with a designation of San Francisco.

Additionally, each $5 note begins with a serial number of "150" to denote the bureau’s anniversary.

Since news about the set broke, a few more details have emerged. Collectors can purchase as many sets as they want — there are no per household ordering limits, and the overall production limit for the Making American History Coin & Currency Set is 100,000 units. As of this writing, the U.S. Mint has noted that its initial production is 50,000 units.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is featured on the $5 Federal Reserve note. The latest portrait of Lincoln on the $5 bill was engraved in 1998 by William Fleishell III and Thomas Hipschen. Found on the back of the note is the vignette of the east façade of the Lincoln Memorial. It was engraved by Thomas Hipschen in 1998 and based on earlier engravings by Joachim C. Benzine and Howard I. Earle.

Designs on American Silver Eagles have been the same since the bullion and proof versions were first introduced in 1986. Obverses bear a rendition of sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s "Walking Liberty" design that graced the circulating half-dollar from 1916 to 1947. Reverses feature United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield.

To purchase a Making American History Coin & Currency Set for $72.95, visit the United States Mint website at

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