The U.S. Mint is closing out the year with its last two products. December releases include its set of 20 uncirculated coins and a bronze medal honoring Marines.
U.S. Mint 2023 Uncirculated Set & Lower Mintage
The uncirculated Mint Set, which is annually released and always popular with collectors, will go on sale for $29 starting on Dec. 5.
Of note, this year’s set has a stated product limit of 185,000, which is expected to lead to a quicker sellout. Last year’s set, which was initially priced at $25.25 when it was released on July 12, 2022, had opening six-day sales of 164,710. It is still available now for $29 and has achieved sales of 245,234 out of a possible 250,000 as of Nov. 26.
Each set includes the year’s issues on two cards of 10 coins each. One card holds coins from the Philadelphia Mint, and the other holds coins from the Denver Mint. In addition to the year’s five quarters, each card contains the year’s Native American dollar, Kennedy half dollar, Roosevelt dime, Jefferson nickel, and Lincoln cent.
U.S. Marine Corps Bronze Medal
The U.S. Mint’s final release of the month and year occurs on the 14th, and it is the U.S. Marine Corps Bronze Medal priced at $20. This is the bronze version of silver medals issued as a part of an Armed Forces series that honors all six branches of the U.S. military.
The Mint’s silver medal program comprises a 2.5-ounce and a 1-ounce silver medal for each branch. These are followed by companion bronze medals. The Marine Corps 2.5- and 1-ounce silver medals launched on July 15, 2022, and Sept 11, 2023, respectively.
BEP Money Products
There is currently no information available about when additional currency products from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will become available. The primary responsibility of the BEP is to manufacture Federal Reserve notes for circulation. The bureau also offers paper currency products for collectors, and they use the U.S. Mint’s commerce platform for selling these products.
The collectible BEP releases for 2021 and 2022 experienced delays attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. These new products were initially expected to be available in the spring, but those release dates were pushed to the fall, which has already passed. With exception of uncut currency sheets that debuted on Oct. 1, the other delayed currency products still display a release date of "Fall 2023" in the Mint’s store.
U.S. Mint: December Product Releases
|U.S. Mint Numismatic Product
|2023 Uncirculated Coin Mint Set
|U.S. Marine Corps Bronze Medal
New U.S. Mint products become available at noon ET on their release day. The Mint’s product schedule for 2023 is found here.
As discussed here, the Mint published its product schedule for 2024.