The United States Mint has updated its 2009 US Mint Product Schedule for what could be the last time.
It has been common for the US Mint to adjust product and release dates at least monthly, if not more frequently. But the latest additions have issue dates through December and one product set to launch in Jan. 2010, indicating “final” 2009 decisions have been made. Any further changes for this year’s schedule, if they occur, would likely be very minor.
The latest dates follow, with most notable product launches in color:
US Mint Coin Products
|10/8/2009||US Mint Braille Education Set|
|10/15/2009||US Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set|
|10/29/2009||American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin|
|11/10/2009||U.S. Virgin Islands Official First Day Coin Cover|
|11/12/2009||2009 Lincoln Presidency Cent Two-Roll Set|
|11/19/2009||Zachary Taylor $1 Coin Rolls|
|11/30/2009||Northern Marianas Islands Bags and Two-Roll Set|
|12/3/2009||American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin|
|12/3/2009||Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Proof Coin|
|12/3/2009||Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin|
|12/3/2009||Margaret Taylor Bronze Medal 1 5/16”|
|12/3/2009||First Spouse Four-Medal Set|
|12/17/2009||Taylor Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set|
|12/30/2009||Zachary Taylor $1 Coin Cover|
|1/12/2010||Northern Mariana Islands Official First Day Coin Cover|
On Tuesday the US Mint specifically noted that the issue dates for the American Buffalo Proof Gold Coin and American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin were tentative. (Read Gold & Silver Eagles Cancelled, Gold Buffalo & Platinum Eagles Scheduled.)
Up first on the schedule is the US Mint Braille Education Set. The 25,000 limited edition set is priced at $44.95. It includes a tri-fold binder containing one uncirculated 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, educational material and readable Braille. The dollar celebrates the 200th anniversary of Braille’s birth.
Next up is the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set. The much anticipated set includes proof versions of the four 2009 Lincoln Cents and a proof Lincoln Silver Dollar — the same commemorative dollar that sold out earlier this year under the pressure of enormous collector demand.
The Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set is priced at $55.95, with just 50,000 available to buy. The price is a current steal considering the single silver dollars are going for more on the secondary market. The 50,000 limit is mandated given the act authorizing the silver dollars permitted a total of 500,000 across both proof and uncirculated options, and 450,000 have already been sold.
As a reminder, in early September the US Mint improved its "2009 Scheduled Product Listing" interface, making it much easier to use. It also added direct links to product information pages within the schedule. Check out the new US Mint web interface here.
Also, for always updated dates, check out the US Mint Release Schedule.