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 catalog.usmint.gov or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).