Values Strong for 2015 March of Dimes Silver Sets

by Mike Unser on June 5, 2015 · 17 comments

Those who paid $61.95 for the United States Mint’s 2015 March of Dimes Special Silver Set could pocket some quick profits. The sets are capturing strong prices in the secondary market, whether they’re in their original United States Mint packaging or slabbed and graded. (See photos of the set.)

2015 March of Dimes Silver Set

March of Dimes Special Silver Sets includes three commemorative silver coins — a 2015 Proof March of Dimes Silver Dollar from West Point, a 2015 Proof Roosevelt dime also from West Point, and a 2015 Reverse Proof Roosevelt dime from Philadelphia. The dimes are unique and elusive to the set.

Limited to 75,000, the sets went on sale May 4 and effectively sold out in 8 days. Since May 12, the U.S. Mint has listed them online as "Currently Unavailable" with a "Remind Me" option to receive notice should sales resume. Reminders go out, presumably as previously ordered sets become available because of cancellations or payment issues. Sales of the sets have most recently tagged in at 74,976, advancing 170 from a week ago.

The Mint hasn’t shipped all of them yet, which is bullish factor in their secondary market values. They’re going for about double their issue price in original packaging, and graded pieces have rung in prices of more than $500. There’s sizable volatility at the moment, with broad ranges in what buyers are willing to pay for the same grades of coins. Examples of prices realized over the last few days include:

  • Sets in original packaging at $105-$125
  • Sets in unopened boxes at $110-$130
  • NGC 69s at $125-$150
  • NGC 70s at $315-$345
  • PCGS 69s at $127-$165
  • PCGS 70s at $425-$560

Some sellers are breaking sets up and offering them piecemeal. Reverse proof dimes are getting the biggest bucks. A PCGS-70 example brought $300 on eBay.com as recently as Wednesday.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim June 5, 2015 at 7:37 am

Why doesn’t the US Mint do what they’ve done previously & release more sets 6 months down the road ?

I’ve seen it too many times before. I’ve stopped buying from the Mint & pursued other numismatic aspects

Richard June 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

Pretty set by itself and the ’15-W dime is intriguing. I was told mine was on back order (August) but just got a note that it shipped.

Butch June 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

What is/will the mint doing about the sets containing blimished coins?

Brad June 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm

what is a blimished coin? I dont think i got one of those.

Butch June 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Read that some people received sets with “spots” on the dimes.

S. Buckles June 6, 2015 at 8:52 am

One of my sets contained a RP dime that had an “L” shaped gash on Roosevelts cheek. The gashes are so deep that they do not have the Reverse Proofing in them!

Butch June 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm

I guess, my question: if returned to the mint, will they replace with a good one?
And then, if they are out? I have no knowledge or history of this situation.

Steve June 7, 2015 at 3:28 am

Hi Butch,
You should give it some thought before sending it back, it could be a misprint worth many times the issue price. And they are sold out !

Kahoola June 7, 2015 at 3:45 am

Last I tried, you cannot get exchanges for your defective items. Only refunds. If the limit is five sets each and your defective returned set is one of them, don’t think they will sell you another if you return one.

Jack June 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Butch,
I would love to see a picture of your coin. Steve has a valid point!

Butch June 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the feedback. If I can manage a picture of any quality, how do I submit on this site?

ben June 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Wow the mint made something that increased in value. Shocker

Senior June 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm

Ben,The mint has never promoted these collectibles as investments.You’ll be much happier as a collector.

Senior June 9, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Just received ship notification from the mint.These were on Backorder for delivery. In August.

JONNY ONEAL March 17, 2016 at 10:15 am

The first or second post is right. TOO OFTEN the mint releases a commemorative coin. then releases it again with a “kicker” like the great reverse dime. PLEASE, MINT DIRECTORS, release all optons at the same time so those of us with litimed money can choose to buy the one with real value or the one we actually need r want. It seems that in March, 2016 the Mint will release the National parks coin but will also release a special three coin set AT THE SAME TIME. It’s about time the Mint caught on. ‘Nuff said.

JONNY March 17, 2016 at 10:23 am

Relating to being a collector v. investor comment above, why cannot one be both? With so many entities, such as financial investors, respected numismatists, the IRS (by offering IRAs with precious metals as the “money” invested), urging us daily to buy coins as a financial investment or hedge against the possible weakening or failure of the dollar, it seems only prudent to expect some coin purchases to be investments for the future. Others of course you might buy because the design etc., is pretty or something that appeals to you. Buying these is just shopping. Buying a Gold Eagle, however, or Carson City Morgan silver dollar, should be an investment unless you can spend over $500.00 dollars just to buy a small coin that must be kept in a safety deposit box to keep it safe.

ian ONEAL March 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm

I certainly agree with Jonny’s posts. These topics need to be openly discussed so U.S. coin collectors can stop being ripped-off by the U.S. mint

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