US Mint 2016 Gift Sets for Birthdays and Newborns

by CoinNews.net on January 6, 2016 · 3 comments

Today, Jan. 6, the United States Mint released special occasion gift sets designed for birthdays and newborns. The two products, the 2016 Birth Set and the 2016 Happy Birthday Coin Set, also represent the first appearance of several 2016-dated collector coins.

2016 Birth Set, 2016 Happy Birthday Coin Set

2016 Birth Set and 2016 Happy Birthday Coin Set

Each set includes five coins struck at the San Francisco Mint and bearing the ‘S’ mint mark. Both gift sets have the following four coins in common:

  • 2016-S Proof Lincoln Cent
  • 2016-S Proof Jefferson Nickel
  • 2016-S Proof Roosevelt Dime
  • 2016-S Proof Kennedy Half-Dollar

These coins are in collector proof quality. Proof coins feature frosty design elements and mirror-like backgrounds. They are not unique to these two sets, but they will not be available in another collectible product until the 2016 Proof Set launches on Feb. 29.

First or Last 2016 Quarter Included

Both special occasion sets also have one 2016-dated America the Beautiful Quarter. There are five different quarter designs for this year.

The Birth Set includes the 2016-S Proof Shawnee National Forest Quarter for Illinois. It bears the first quarter design for this year with circulation strikes released in February.

Opened 2016 Happy Birthday Coin Set

The packaging design includes images of gift boxes and balloons and space for a personalized message to the recipient. The coins are encapsulated in a folder that allows the obverse (heads) and the reverse (tails) of each coin to be seen.

The Happy Birthday Coin Set has the 2016-S Proof Fort Moultrie Quarter for South Carolina, the last 2016 quarter design with circulation strikes issued in November.

These two and the three other quarters for this year become available together in a collectible product that launches next week, the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. Look for it on Monday, Jan. 11, for $14.95.

Ordering and Packaging

Priced at $19.95, each set may be ordered by visiting the Mint’s Gift Ideas section, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There is no product or household ordering limits.

Opened 2016 Birth Set

Coins in the set for newborns are mounted on a baby-themed folder which includes spaces for a personalized message and a photo

The folder-like packaging for birthday and newborn sets has room for a personalized message and includes a U.S. Mint certificate of authenticity for the coins. The Birth Set also has space to hold a 3" x 5" baby photo.

Sales of Past Gift Sets

The Birth Set was introduced in 2012 and the Happy Birthday Set followed in 2013. Issued annually, most of them remain available.

Sales of 2012-2015 Birth Sets

Year of Issue Latest Sales
2012 (sold out) 49,703
2013 40,868
2014 33,401
2015 32,811

 

Sales of 2013-2015 Happy Birthday Sets

Year of Issue Latest Sales
2013 11,397
2014 12,715
2015 14,257

 

Above U.S. Mint sales figures are as of Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling January 6, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Mike Unser –

Thanks for the update from the Mint’s website information. Today is January 6 not January 5 as your article states in first paragraph & of course is the first day of issue of these popular U.S. Mint gift sets which make great & affordable gifts for both births & birtdays. As you stated they are the first U.S. Mint products of the new year 2016. They are a great set to give to someone to introduce them to numismatics & the U.S. Mint’s high-quality (usually, but not always) Proof coin products too. I give the birthday gift sets to my 4 nephews each year & they really enjoy them a lot.
Happy collecting everyone.

-NumisDudeTX

Mike Unser (CoinNews.net) January 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Thanks Seth. The date is fixed.

I do wish the Mint could price them cheaper because it’s a tougher sell for one on top of the $4.95 for standard shipping. If I was in charge, the birthday set is a product that I’d sell at a loss to encourage more getting out the door. Kids who receive coins as gifts are more apt to collect when they get older. They’re future Mint customers.

Seth Riesling January 6, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Mike Unser –

I agree with your comments on these sets totally! The Mint for some strange reason seems to forget that kids like collecting things (I started at age 10 with foreign coins from our family military post in Japan for my first 3 years in school). The Mint officials focus on adults only it appears & we won’t always be around unfortunately. They need to take a lesson from Japanese philosophy & think long term as you basically mentioned. Young collectors spending a little money with the U.S. Mint now will result in adult collectors who spend a lot of money later!
Thanks again for the Mint updates Mr. Unser.

-NumisDudeTX

Leave a Comment