US Mint 2017 Gift Sets for Newborns and Birthdays

by Rhonda Kay on January 10, 2017 · 2 comments

At noon ET today, Jan. 10, the United States Mint will begin selling two special occasion gift sets, the 2017 Birth Set and the 2017 Happy Birthday Coin Set. Along with their attraction to gift givers, these products offer collectors the first chance to get several 2017-dated coins.

2017 Birth Set and 2017 Happy Birthday Coin Set

2017 Birth Set and 2017 Happy Birthday Coin Set

Both sets include five coins struck at the San Francisco Mint, with each coin carrying its ‘S’ mint mark. Priced at $19.95 apiece, the two sets have the following four coins in common:

  • 2017-S Proof Lincoln Cent
  • 2017-S Proof Jefferson Nickel
  • 2017-S Proof Roosevelt Dime
  • 2017-S Proof Kennedy Half-Dollar

They are in proof finish, which is the Mint’s highest quality coin. Designed for collectors, proof coins have frosty design elements and mirror-like backgrounds. The coins are not unique to these two sets, but they will not be available in another collector product until probably late February when the 2017 Proof Set will likely debut.

Sets Include First or Last 2017 Quarter

Both gift sets also have one of this year’s five uniquely designed coins from the U.S. Mint’s program of America the Beautiful Quarters®.

The Birth Set includes the 2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter for Iowa, which depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group.

2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter

U.S. Mint image of the 2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter. This is one of the coins in the set for newborns.

As the first of the five 2017 quarter releases, it will launch into circulation in early February.

The Happy Birthday Coin Set has the 2017-S George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter for Indiana. It shows Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville.

2017-S George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter

U.S. Mint image of the 2017-S George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter. This is one of the coin’s in the Happy Birthday Coin Set.

As the last of the 2017 quarters, it is scheduled to start circulating in mid-November.

The two quarters are also within the U.S. Mint’s five-coin 2017 Quarters Proof Set. This set was the Mint’s first product release of this year, launching on Jan. 5. It is available for $14.95.

Packaging

Coins are encapsulated and mounted on festive folders. The folders allow visibility of the coins’ obverses (heads) and reverses (tails).

2017 Happy Birthday Coin Set, opened

The 2017 Happy Birthday Coin Set packaging design includes images of gift boxes and balloons and space for a personalized message. The coins are encapsulated in a folder that allows the obverse (heads) and the reverse (tails) of each coin to be seen.

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

2017 Birth Set, opened

Coins in the Birth Set for newborns are mounted on a baby-themed folder which includes spaces for a personalized message and a 3″ x 5″ photo.

Ordering

Sets are available from the Mint’s Gift Ideas section, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). They have no product or household ordering limits.

Sales of Past Gift Sets

The Birth Set debuted in 2012 and the Happy Birthday Set followed in 2013. Issued annually, several of them remain available. The two tables below show their latest sales.

2012-2016 Birth Sets

Year of Issue Latest Sales
2012 (sold out) 49,703
2013 41,811
2014 34,927
2015 (sold out) 34,584
2016 (sold out) 29,707

 

2013-2016 Happy Birthday Sets

Year of Issue Latest Sales
2013 11,732
2014 13,180
2015 (sold out) 14,470
2016 15,782

 

U.S. Mint sales figures above are as of Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

jim January 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

What a rip-off – a commemorative gift set that doesn’t even include the full set of 2017 quarters and they left out the Native American dollar.

Florence April 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

Can I not get this set in a 2004? It is adorable and would be nice addition to my family collection.

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