Entries from May 2009 ↓

2009 United States Mint Proof Set

One of the flagship products of the US Mint will released on June 1, 2009. This will be the 2009 United States Mint Proof Set. Proof Sets in the current format have been offered uninterrupted since 1968.

This set contains one proof coin version of each of the coins issued for circulation during 2009. Because of the programs for the Presidential Dollar, DC & US Territories Quarters, and 2009 Lincoln Cents, the number of coins in the set will be vastly expanded from prior years. A total of 18 coins will be included.  This is an increase of 4 from the prior year set which included 14 coins.

Proof SetI am looking forward to the 2009 proof set since it has become an annual tradition for collectors. These sets make great holiday or birthday gifts. They can also be particularly special gifts for newborns, since it contains all of the coins for the birth year.

Letitia Tyler First Spouse Coin

Looking ahead to the next major gold coin launch by the United States Mint, there is the Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin. This continues the series of one-half ounce 24 karat gold coins created to honor the spouses of each President.

Letitia Tyler

The new coin will represent an interesting twist for the series. President John Tyler had a first and second wife, while serving as President. As such, two first spouses will be honored for his presidential term. The Letitia Tyler coin is the first release for such an instance. John Tyler’s second wife Julia Tyler will be honored on a separate coin this summer.

The Letitia Tyler First Spouse Coin features a portrait of the first lady on the obverse of the coin and the years that she served 1841 to 1842. The reverse of the coin shows her with two children on Cedar Grove Plantation. So far the series has released nine gold coins. The Letitia Tyler coin will be the tenth. The release date for the coin will be June 4, 2009. Coins will be available for sale direclty from the United States Mint.

John Tyler Presidential Dollar Mintage

The John Tyler Presidential Dollar will be released on May 21, 2009. Even before the release of the coin, the final mintage is already available. The US Mint has been producing circulating coins in drastically reduced numbers as the need for additional circulating coinage has declined.

John Tyler DollarThe obverse of the John Tyler Dollar features a portrait of the 10th president designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse of the coin carries the same design of the Statue of Liberty used for all other Presidential Dollar coins.

The final mintages will represent the lowest combined mintage for a single issue of the Presidential Dollar coins series. The mintages have fallen steadily throughout the series, slipping below 100 million for the first time with the release of the William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollar. The mintage for the coin honoring John Tyler appear below.

John Tyler Presidential Dollar Mintage

2009-P John Tyler Dollar 45,220,000
2009-D John Tyler Dollar 43,540,000
Total 88,760,000

2009 Rail Splitter Lincoln Cent

The 2009 Rail Splitter Penny is about to be released. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the United States Mint is producing four different reverse designs for the 2009 Lincoln Penny.

Rail Splitter PennyThe first design was released on February 12, 2009 and featured a log cabin. This reprented the birth and early childhood of Lincoln. This second design pictured above represents his formative years. A young Abraham Lincoln is shown taking a break from splitting rails to read a book. This design was created by Charles Vickers.

The release date for the Rail Splitter Lincoln Cent will be May 14, 2009. There is an official lanucn ceremony planned in Lincoln City, Indiana. People who attend the ceremony will have the opportunity to exchange bills for coins. The US Mint will also sell a two roll set of the new coins on the same day.

2009 Jefferson Nickel

Along with the 2009 Roosevelt Dime, the US Mint has announced the official end of production for the 2009 Jefferson Nickel. While the attention of many collectors may be on the new 2009 Lincoln Cent designs or the one year District of Columbia and US Territories Quarters Program, it might be a good time to check out the nickel.

As a result of the recession, more old coinage has re-entered circulation, reducing the need for new coins. Apparently this glut of old coinage is so severe that the US Mint is willing to end production of two denominations for the remainder of the year.

The nickel in particular has very low mintages and seems destined to become a minor rarity. To date, I have not seen one report of anyone having a 2009 Jefferson Nickel in hand. Since production has ended for the coin, we already have an idea of the final mintages, which are shown below.

2009 Jefferson Nickel Mintage

2009-P Jefferson Nickel 39,840,000
2009-D Jefferson Nickel 39,360,000
Total 79,200,000