The United States Mint just released another product for young collectors, the 2019 Explore and Discover Coin Set™.
Featuring six coins, a blank, a magnifying glass, an activity book and a coin folder with teaching U.S. Mint Mighty Minters™ characters, the product presents a unique way of introducing young kids to coin collecting.
Included as part of the set are a planchet from which a coin is made, and coins ranging in denomination from the standard cent to a space-themed dollar. The six coins are in the two highest qualities struck for collectors with the three larger ones in proof finish from the San Francisco Mint (S) and the three smaller ones in uncirculated finish from the Denver Mint (D).
All seven items are held in an illustrated coin folder along with a magnifying glass. Adding to the set’s educational value, the uncirculated coins and planchet are removable and can be re-inserted multiple times so kids can closely view, examine, and handle them. The proof coins are encapsulated with both sides visible. By type, the coin folder holds:
- 2019-S Proof Native American $1 Coin (space-themed design)
- 2019-S Proof Kennedy half dollar
- 2019-S Proof Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts) quarter
- 2019-D Uncirculated Roosevelt dime
- 2019-D Uncirculated Jefferson nickel
- 2019-D Uncirculated Lincoln cent
- one-cent planchet (coin blank)
The included Lowell quarter bears the first of five unique quarter designs for 2019. The illustrated coin folder also has four quarter-sized openings for kids to collect and store the other four 2019-dated quarters depicting American Memorial Park of the Northern Mariana Islands, War in the Pacific National Historical Park of Guam, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas, and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness of Idaho.
As an added bonus, an activity book accompanies each purchase. Games are included in the book along with fun facts, biographies of the Mighty Minters, and a step-by-step graphic of how coins are made.
The 2019 Explore and Discover Coin Set is the second of three youth-oriented products the U.S. Mint is offering this year featuring its Mighty Minters characters — Kendra, Timothy, Sophie, Lina, Alex, Eli, and Layla. The first in the series is the glow-in-the-dark Rocketship set with its uncirculated Kennedy half-dollar and space-themed proof Native American dollar. It launched on Feb. 28. The last youth-themed product for 2019 has a targeted release date of late October. Dubbed the Youth Coin and Currency Set™, it will contain each of the five 2019 quarters in proof finish and one uncirculated $2 bill.
Price and Ordering
Priced at $19.95, buy the 2019 Explore and Discover Coin Set directly from the U.S. Mint’s secure online catalog or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Product limit for the set is 50,000 with an initial household order limit of two.