The US Mint on Monday released several cornerstone coins all within a single 2008 United States Mint American Legacy Collection®. The set features 15 popular proof coins "presented in unique and elegant packaging."
The collection includes proof versions of all 14 circulating coins for 2008, including the final five quarters of the 50 State Quarters® Program (Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii) and the four $1 coins from the second year of the Presidential $1 Coin Program (Monroe, Adams, Jackson and Van Buren). The set also includes a proof version of the Bald Eagle Silver Dollar.
The collection is priced at $100 each, with a household limit of 10 in place. There is a total limit of 50,000 sets.
The kicker for the collection is its packaging. While extremely attractive, all the coins may be purchased separately for a total of $70.90, making the packaging price an extra $29.10.
Is it worth the price? The collector must decide. Slightly more than 27,000 buyers purchased the 2007 American Legacy Collection for $135, which included a similar $30.05 "packaging price."
eBay currently has several of these 2007 sets listed at "Buy It Now" prices as high as $249.00. Whether they are selling, is another question. And what the packaging will be valued at 10, 20 or 30 years from now, yet another.
The following table shows the price of the coins purchased separately (and links to the Mint order page):
|2008 United States Mint Proof Set®
|2008 Bald Eagle Proof Silver Dollar Coin||$43.95|
Online orders may be placed on the U.S. Mint’s product and order page:
The collection may also be purchased through the Mint’s toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
The collection is a key product within the Mint’s holiday and gift catalog with guaranteed delivery available before December 25 as long as standard delivery is selected before December 8 or express delivery by December 15.