The United States Mint on Tuesday at noon ET placed the 2010 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set on sale for $18.95.
The set is the fourth release in a series dating back to 2007, which is when the Presidential $1 Coin Program started featuring $1 circulation strikes honoring American Presidents.
The sets are a popular annual U.S. Mint offering, although they have not been purchased to the same degree as the older established mint and uncirculated sets, nor the companion 4-coin Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set. (Read about this year’s $1 proof set.)
The latest Mint sales data shows 105,059 of the 2009-dated sets were purchased by coin collectors. The Mint just recently took these off sale after they had been available for nearly 12 months.
This year’s set is expected to perform well, given it includes a coin depicting one of the most, if not the most, recognized U.S. Presidents, Abraham Lincoln. New coins bearing Lincoln’s image tend to shoot to the top of collector’s attention.
Coins in Uncirculated Set
As in the past, the Presidential $1 coin set includes 8 uncirculated coins with four struck from Denver and four from Philadelphia. Each dollar features a respective "D" or "P" mint mark, denoting their origin. The coins include:
2010 P&D Millard Fillmore Dollar – 13th President, sculpted and designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
2010 P&D Franklin Pierce Dollar – 14th President, designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
2010 P&D James Buchanan Dollar – 15th President, designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
2010 P&D Abraham Lincoln Dollar – 16th President, sculpted and designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
The Mint provides the following set description on its Web site:
This set is presented in a folder with biographical sketches, notable quotes and portraits of each President. Each coin is mounted in an individual protective, rotatable blister; edge-incused inscriptions on the coins are fully visible. An image of the President appears on each obverse of the coins and the common reverse features a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty. These coins also feature edge-incused inscriptions of the year, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and the mint mark.
As of this writing, only the Fillmore $1 has entered circulation. (See other 2010 Presidential Dollar Release Dates.)
U.S. Mint Order Information
As mentioned, the set is priced at $18.95 ($3 more than last year’s offering). There is also a $4.95 charge for shipping and handling. They may be purchased online through the Mint page:
Mint $1 Products – click through to any of the 2010-dated offerings.
Or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
2010 Presidential Uncirculated $1 Coin Images
The 2010 $1 designs for the coins were first unveiled on Dec. 8, 2010. For reference, the following are U.S. Mint provided images, design descriptions and the designers/sculptors of each coin within the set (images may be clicked to enlarge):
2010 Millard Fillmore $1 Uncirculated Coin
2010 Franklin Pierce $1 Uncirculated Coin
2010 James Buchanan $1 Uncirculated Coin
2010 Abraham Lincoln $1 Uncirculated Coin
All the dollars have a common reverse (tails side) of the Statue of Liberty, which was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
About the U.S. Mint
The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage. Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.