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.)
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.