US Mint Products in January Include WWI Coins, Special Sets and American Eagles

by Mike Unser on January 3, 2018 · 21 comments

A few of the U.S. Mint products scheduled for release in January

The United States Mint kicks off the New Year with a busy January, launching 13 different products targeted for collectors.

They include two American Eagles, three special occasion coin sets, a set of quarters, and seven options with World War I Centennial Silver Dollars and companion medals.

Proof American Silver Eagle

One of the U.S. Mint’s most popular annual products, the 1-ounce .999 fine proof American Silver Eagle from West Point, launches on Jan. 4. More than 200,000 will likely get sold on the first day.

This new issue appears as the thirty-second coin in a series dating back to 1986. The Mint has yet to publish its price. The 2016- and 2017-dated proof American Silver Eagles are still available and are $53.95 each.

The U.S. Mint will also release a proof Silver Eagle from the San Francisco Mint. That coin is set for a release summertime release.

Special Occasion Sets

The 2018 Birth Set, the 2018 Happy Birthday Coin Set, and the 2018 Congratulations Set will launch on Jan. 11. They include one or more coins in proof quality that are presented within a uniquely themed folder with space for a personalized message.

This year’s Congratulations Set holds a "W" proof American Silver Eagle while both the Birth and Happy Birthday sets contain:

  • a Kennedy half dollar,
  • a Roosevelt dime,
  • a Jefferson nickel,
  • a Lincoln penny and
  • an America the Beautiful quarter.

The Birth Set’s quarter features a design honoring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan while the Birthday Set’s quarter design celebrates Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.

Pricing for the Congratulation Set is not yet available. Last year’s set was $54.95. The Birth and Happy Birthday sets are $19.95 each.

WWI Centennial Commemoratives

Look to Jan. 17 for commemorative World War I Centennial Silver Dollars and companion silver medals. The proof and uncirculated dollars honor the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the First World War. The five silver medals support the commemorative coin program with designs that pay homage to the Army, Navy, Air Service, Marines and Coast Guard.

The medals will not be sold separately like the dollars, nor will they available within one medal set. Instead, each is packaged with a proof WWI Centennial Silver Dollar. (Review their prices in this article.)

2018 Quarters Proof Set

The annual set of proof quarters from the San Francisco Mint debuts on Jan. 23. The U.S. Mint’s program of America the Beautiful Quarters® honors national sites throughout the United States and its territories. This year’s quarters celebrate sites in:

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan.
  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin.
  • Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia.
  • Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.

The five quarters of the set are packaged within a single protective lens, placed in an illustrated box, and sold for $14.95.

Proof American Platinum Eagle

On Jan. 25, the U.S. Mint will begin selling its 2018-dated proof American Platinum Eagle from West Point. This issue is the first in a new 3-year design series memorializing the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence. The three 1-ounce .9995 platinum coins bear unique obverse designs but have the same eagle-in-flight reverse design. Past coins in the series, which were introduced in 1997, share the same obverse design and have different reverse designs.

This year’s obverse features "Life" personified by Lady Liberty teaching a small child to sow seeds in a field. Its reverse shows an eagle in flight. Years 2019 and 2020 offer designs emblematic of "Liberty" and the "Pursuit of Happiness."

Pricing of the coin is based on the prevailing cost of platinum and can change weekly.

US Mint January Product Schedule

Here’s a grid breaking down the scheduled U.S. Mint products for January 2018:

Release Dates Numismatic Products Prices
Jan 4 2018-W Proof American Silver Eagle TBD
Jan 11 2018 Birth Set $19.95
Jan 11 2018 Congratulations Set TBD
Jan 11 2018 Happy Birthday Coin Set $19.95
Jan 17 2018-P Proof WWI Centennial Silver Dollar $51.95
Jan 17 2018-P Uncirculated WWI Centennial Silver Dollar $48.95
Jan 17 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar and Air Service Medal Set $99.95
Jan 17 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar and Army Medal Set $99.95
Jan 17 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar and Coast Guard Medal Set $99.95
Jan 17 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar and Marine Corps Medal Set $99.95
Jan 17 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar and Navy Medal Set $99.95
Jan 23 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set $14.95
Jan 25 2018-W Proof American Platinum Eagle TBD


Collector products launch at noon (ET) on the day of their release. Orders may then be placed through the U.S. Mint website at or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Synoptic 12 January 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

Many splintered sets spread across the spectrum in different packages. This is a hindrance to collectors. If the annual offerings did not extend to the following year or years, there would possibly be more interest. Knowing these facts, many may decide to forego any initial offerings at the outset.

Richard January 3, 2018 at 11:50 am

I agree, they are trying to sell far too many things. Unfortunately it appears that the people who design and package these products aren’t really numismatists, but are aiming at a mass market. Eventually this search for the lowest common denominator becomes a race to the bottom. Serious collectors will stick with what makes sense for them, within affordable limits.

Chas Barber January 3, 2018 at 2:05 pm

The mint has turned it’s target sheep into the opposing party….is politix bleeding into life & coins, no one seems listen @ the mint, THEY know best, like raising silver prices when they already exceed almost 3x spot for proof ASEs……….making the medals only available by buying a fugly WW1 commem….PA$$

Joe C. January 3, 2018 at 2:31 pm

That’s 13 items I will not be buying.

Seth Riesling January 3, 2018 at 4:42 pm

The Mint has the nerve to raise the price of the 2018 Proof ASE $1 1-ounce .9993 fine silver coin from an already ridiculous price of $53.95 to $55.95 this year when silver is at $17 an ounce! They are out of control with way fewer customers since 2014 & raising their prices too. Stupid plan!


Joe C. January 3, 2018 at 5:51 pm

You got that right in more ways than one.

Hewhodontknow January 3, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Agree. I decided to to put up with the us mint shinaenigans anymore n I will only buy the case burnished from now on to keep my set going.

Craig B. January 3, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Maybe they bought the silver for the 2017 ASE production in March 2016 at about $15 / oz spot, and the 2018 ASE silver in March 2017 at about $17 / oz., so the $2 price increase gets passed on to us?

Either that, or we’re picking up the tab for the for the new “free” budget shipping? So my 5 coin order (x $2 more), will cost me $10 more, but I’ll get the $4.95 “free” shipping savings… Bottom line, still $5 more expensive for me. FYI, my comment about the silver acquisition price is only a guess, not based on any fact, and I too was shocked to see $55.95 on my subscription order!

I am also amazed that you would have to get 5 sets of coins & Medals at $100 a pop, to get a complete set of medals (and you’d have 4 “extra” coins) And all the WW1 coins & medals are all .90 silver, not .9993, and not even an ounce.

Tinto January 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm

And for those who only want to get the medals, hey the Mint is gonna screw them too … saddling them with the atrocious looking coin bearing the likeness of the designer so that the Mint can goose up the sales of the dollar and try to look good and and. .. make the medals to order … so the medal buyer has to wait and wait .. but wait! they will probably have to pay in advance for that privilege! Wow so many ways the Mint screws its regular customers (a dwindling population …) but not it’s masters the bulk buyers and the AP’s .. and the Mint probably thinks the regular Joe collector is so dumb as to not catch on to what is happening … s

Dan January 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm

So the medal+proof WWI sets are limited to 100,000 total, and there are 5 different sets (one for each branch). So there can only be 20,000 full sets (at most). Does anyone think this will be a good investment?

Mouse January 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

As a Canadian collector, I have started to focus my efforts on mints from other country’s due to my country’s crazy premium prices of coins. I understand your concern as Americans with your mints increase in premium costs but for me they are a steal of a deal. My collection now is focused on graded American based gold and silver bullion with the exception of first production international coins. Sorry my RCM, but until you lower the price, you lost a collector. We as consumers control the market, if we do not like the price, don’t buy, they will figure it out with their decreased sale stats and continued loss of consumers and profit. There is tons of competition out there with unique high quality coins of 999.9 percent gold and silver quality. Time to redefine the market and support mints that produce art and currency at an affordable price.


Joe C. January 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm


Joe Brown January 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Dan – hi, if you have the founds and buy all the sets from the mint*, then send them out to “”NGC or PCG” grading company’s, forget about ‘ANEC’s or ICG” for that stuff, those two company’s are good for other type of coin’s, & you might save a few “$’s” with them also. Now, this is only me* speaking, but if i were in my* twenty’s or thirty’s, & had the ”cash”, wish* i did back then, un,forth’,chin,’ly my collecting came to a halt, only accept for a few item,s during those two decades of my life.* ”I”” would have jump’d on it, trying to beat the odd’s, that all the coins & medals came back ”ultra deep cameo proof 70” ”first strike, early release, BS” labels we pay for, what do you have to lose, if you got it $,$$$$.$$ mite as well go the hole 9 yard*s, and there’s only *20,000 ” set’s that will be minted, ”if they do mint that many” & a bunch of them will be broken up, & you got the $doe$, go for it, you’ll have a pretty *rare set for an investment, and if they dont all come back 70* & you endup with a combo platter of 69 & 70* maybe a 68, you’ll get your money back someday, there are a handful of grade 70* mint state & proof modern com,s that go for a good* nickel right now. Take a look in the ”blue book” & sea* what a grade 65* 19’th, and 20’th century 90% silver commemorative sell for, they all go for a pretty good penny*, & they don’t have to graded if the buyer know’s & you* know what they are looking at to get ”grade 65” price, but modern comm,s unforthchin,ly need to be graded 70 right now. *Forever young* right. Now if they were minted *9999. or 999.3 silver that would even be better, & i* just like comm*s. ”happy new year” smile* every 1*+*.

Dan January 6, 2018 at 9:15 pm

Can someone help me out, what’s with Joe Brown’s grammar and weird syntax. Can’t tell is he’s joking or if there is some earnestness in this code speak

Joe Brown January 7, 2018 at 7:54 am

Dan – just the way i* am, what i said above i would have, can’t do it now $ tho, going try & sit on what i* have & keep up with my *SAE for now, but i* mean what i say always, and it’s all true, good luck*.

Joe Brown January 7, 2018 at 8:09 am

Dan – my grammar is a lot better than what it was, every thing is spelled correct, u must have a dry sent, i* rather watch grass grow, get out and wander some, sea whats out there, i* was born at night & it was not last night, peace*+*.

Joe Brown January 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm

btw, Dan, u did ask a ? to any1 & u got 2 answers, 1 no, 1 yes, answer, up 2 u now. I have over the years sent out a good share of modern coins & sets, & most of them came back grade 70 ngc, if you have good eyes ”’which i had at one time”, you might stand a good chance at all 70’s, it’s very possible, and it’s kind of exciting for me anyhow.

Joe Brown January 8, 2018 at 8:17 am

G, Wizz, Dan, did someone “”HELP”” you out yet*, or are you still sucking your thumb behind mommy,s skirt waiting for an answer. Please do not run for *office or anything of that nature, this country can’t take know more, just from your comment, i* know you have not met the many type*s of people of Gods*+* world, ether you think your too good or you been shelter’d to to long, if your lucky enough to have a *degree, put it to good use, do something useful for all* not just the ones who think their the choice few, take a look in the mirror to *sea if they are still there, & stand up when leave a #1 & wipe your own butt, we have way to many ”weirdo’s” in this world*+* with ”way to much power” for all the wrong reasons. I’m* being ”earnest” what i* have to say here, *no joke. Ask your mother where ever she is, if you can go to the *Library so you can read some *coin book*s & take a few home,and bring them back on time, ”Don’t b Late”.

Craig B. January 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Will the WW1 Centennial Coin in the Medal *SET* ever be graded first strike / early release? If I’m reading it correctly, the Centennial coin will go on sale 1/17/18 and ship immediately. At the same time, 1/17/18, they will take orders for the coin + medal sets, but wait until May to ship the sets, because they will base production on how many orders they get. So the Centennial coin will be in people’s hands for 4 months before the sets ship. The Coin in the set may be strike # 350,000 out of the 350,000 mint limit, if all the coins & medals are a sell-out.

Joe Brown January 8, 2018 at 10:09 pm

Craig B. – *Good Point, i wouldn’t be surprised if the label company,s comes out with the ” wording ” ”’ *WW1 Centennial Coin & Medal Set ”’ first strike, early release, first release, or something to that nature for a label, just so they don’t lose a $buck$, even tho the ”coin” is not ”first or early,”’ just so they can justify them self’s, thanks for pointing that out.

Joe Brown January 13, 2018 at 3:12 am

just what i* thought’ the Lion*s had Danny boy for a snack.

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