U.S. Mint ready to offer second young collectors set
- Published: Mar 22, 2019, 7 AM
The U.S. Mint plans the release at noon Eastern Time March 28 of the second of three kids coin sets for 2019 targeting young hobbyists.
The 2019 Explore and Discover Coin set, offered at $19, is limited to a release of 50,000 sets and a household ordering limit of two sets.
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The 2019 United States Mint Explore and Discover Coin Set contains a coin folder and activity book in one outer sleeve.
The activity book has games such as a maze and word scramble, fun facts about coins, bios of the fictional Mighty Minters, and a step-by-step graphic of how coins are manufactured.
The set contains six coins: three each from the Denver and San Francisco Mints. An unstruck cent planchet is also included.
The Denver coins bear an Uncirculated Mint set finish and carry the facility’s D Mint mark while the three San Francisco Mint coins, struck with the S Mint mark, exhibit a Proof finish.
The Denver Mint coins are an Uncirculated 2019-D Lincoln cent, an Uncirculated 2019-D Jefferson 5-cent coin and Uncirculated 2019-D Roosevelt dime.
The San Francisco Mint strikes comprise a Proof 2019-S Lowell National Historical Park quarter dollar, Proof 2019-S Kennedy half dollar and Proof 2019-S Native American dollar.
The reverse of the Native American dollar features a design depicting Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, spacewalks above. A group of stars indicates outer space.
The promotional materials focus on the adventures of the Mighty Minters characters — Kendra, Timothy, Sophie, Lina, Alex, Eli, and Layla.
The set also includes a Mighty Minter magnifying glass to help kids see the distinctive design elements on each coin.
The set’s folder has four quarter-dollar-sized openings, encouraging young collectors to collect the other four 2019 America the Beautiful quarter dollars — celebrating American Memorial Park, War in the Pacific National Historical Park, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
The three Proof coins (quarter dollar, half dollar and dollar), are encapsulated, with both obverse and reverse of each coin visible in the packaging.
The three Uncirculated finish coins and cent planchet are removable from the packaging and can be re-inserted multiple times so young collectors can closely view, examine, and handle them.
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