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Coins - 2000 Mint Set

The 2000 mint set contained 20 uncirculated coins - ten from the Denver and ten from the Philadelphia mints. The 2000 mint set included the second year of the US Mint's state quarters program and the first year of the new Sacagawea golden coin. The new golden dollar meant a return of the dollar coin to the uncirculated coins in the 2000 mint set - the first time since 1981 for the regular mint set to include a dollar coin. 

The 2000 mint set included two envelopes, a red one for the coins minted in Denver and a blue one for the Philadelphia minted coins. Within each envelope, two Mylar sleeves held the coins. One sleeve held the five state quarters while the other held the penny, nickel, dime, half dollar and dollar uncirculated coins.

In recognition of a numerical milestone, the US Mint placed a large "2000" on the front of each envelope in the 2000 mint set. The last "0" on each envelope noted the mint in white letters with "Denver" on the red and "Philadelphia" on the blue.

In addition, the front of each envelope included "United States Mint" and "Uncirculated Coin Set."  The Treasury Department seal for the US Mint and their logo for the 50 State Quarter program were placed among the designs. 

2000 Mint Set Package

2000 Mint Set uncirculated coins 

The back of each envelope of the 2000 mint set contains a simple pattern in the red and blue colors. The US Mint centered their web site on the flap of the envelope.

2000 Mint Set back of envelopes

The contents of each envelope in the 2000 mint set remained consistent except for the colors. Two Mylar sleeves held the coins, an insert provided information about the coins, and an inserted card made it easy to order more sets.

On the left from the top, the Denver portion of the 2000 mint set included the US Mint's red card describing the Denver uncirculated coins, the red envelope, the red order card, the regular uncirculated coins in the red-edged Mylar and the state quarter uncirculated coins in the black-edged Mylar.

Similarly, the Philadelphia portion of the 2000 mint set contained blue versions of the materials with the regular uncirculated coins in blue-edged Mylar and the uncirculated state quarters in the white-edged Mylar. 

2000 Mint Set opened showing contents and uncirculated coins 

2000 Mint Set Uncirculated Coins

From the obverse (heads) view, the two Mylar sleeves in the 2000 mint set for the Denver minted coins include the red-edge for the penny, nickel, dime, half dollar and dollar uncirculated coins. The black-edged Mylar sleeve contained the second five of the uncirculated state quarters.

On the right, the dark blue-edged Mylar held the dollar, half dollar, nickel, penny and dime uncirculated coins from the Philadelphia mint. The white-edged sleeve contained the five uncirculated, Philadelphia-minted state quarters.

2000 Mint Set obverse view of uncirculated coins

The separately sealed spaces in each Mylar sleeve protect the uncirculated coins from each other and from fingerprints. Each space, larger than the coin it holds, allows the uncirculated coins to move freely while protected.

From the back, the reverse images of the uncirculated coins can be seen through their clear Mylar protection. The Denver uncirculated coins are on the left with the Philadelphia minted coins on the right.

2000 Mint Set reverse view of uncirculated coins 

2000 Mint Set Insert and Certificate of Authenticity

The 2000 mint set envelopes contain informational inserts. The designs are similar but follow the red and blue colors for each mint. The front of the inserts reflect the same design as the front of the envelopes.

The red-toned insert belongs to the Denver minted coins with the blue to the Philadelphia uncirculated coins.

2000 Mint Set front of Denver and Philadelphia inserts

Except for the colors and the mention of Denver or Philadelphia, the inside the inserts in the 2000 mint set are the same. The inserts introduce the new Sacagawea dollar coin and describe the second year of the 50 state quarters program. The coin specifications for the state quarters show on the inside.

Denver's insert includes a red font while the Philadelphia was printed in blue.

2000 Mint Set inside of Denver and Philadelphia inserts 

The back of the two inserts in the 2000 mint set shows the coin specifications of the cent, nickel, dime, half dollar and dollar uncirculated coins. 

The back of both inserts include a dark gray ink.

2000 Mint Set back of Denver and Philadelphia inserts

In the 2000 mint set, the US Mint reverted to their practice of adding a separate card for ordering additional sets easily. The red and blue envelopes held the red and blue cards respectively. (Note: the cards are no longer valid, but they help cushion the coins in each envelope.)

2000 Mint Set order card insert for Denver and Philadelphia

The opposite side of the reorder form suggests the collector order more mint sets for friends and family and includes the instructions for completing and sending the order to obtain more of the 2000 mint sets.

2000 Mint Set gift card insert for Denver and Philadelphia 

Larger images of the 2000 mint set inserts show the contents of the inserts and the coin specifications with more detail.

2000 Mint Set Coins and Metals

The coins of the 2000 Mint Set contained the following metals:

Penny: copper-plated zinc, 2.5% copper; 97.5% zinc
Nickel: 25% nickel; 75% copper
Dime: 91.67% copper; 8.33% nickel
Quarter: 91.67% copper; 8.33% nickel
Half Dollar: 91.67% copper; 8.33% nickel
Dollar: manganese-brass clad, 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel

Click on Mint Set Population to view the contents of the sets through the years. Take a look at the overall Mint Set page to see how the mint set values compare among the sets across the years.

2000 Mint Set Year - News about Coins and the US Mint

(note: the below links to newspapers open in a new window)

US Mint is spending millions to hype Sacagawea coin 
Gettysburg Times - January 27, 2000
The Mint's brass are using Madison Avenue tactics for the first time to sell the public on the virtues of the new $1 gold-colored coin with the image of Sacagawea. A $40-million TV, radio and print advertising campaign will promote the "Golden Dollar."

Get your new dollar coin today - at Walmart! 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - January 28, 2000
The US Mint introduced teh new gold-colored coin at Walmart and Sam's Club stores across the country. The coin can also be found in some boxes of Cheerios cereal. The promotion is part of a huge marketing program aimed at convincing people to accept the new dollar coin.

US offers new coin via Walmart, cereal 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - February 2, 2000
Remembering the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin debacle, the US Mint is agressively marketing the new golden dollar by placing it in Walmart cash registers and boxes of Cheerios. The Mint is shipping $100 million to Walmart and the same amount to the Federal Reserve Banks.

Demand high for new coin 
The Spokesman-Review - February 17, 2000
More than 200 million Sacagawea dollar coins will be in circulation by the end of February - four times the annual demand for the Susan B. Anthony dollar coins.Per Philip N. Diehl, Director of the Mint, initial public response is a "grand slam home run."

New dollars hard to find, but plenty are coming 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - March 15, 2000
The first new golden dollars seem to have vanished. People obtained the first 200 million as quickly as they could. The US Mint quickly responds that by mid-April, roughly 500 million of the coins will have been produced and distributed. Though the Mint produced that many of the Susan B. Anthony dollars within the first year, it took 14 years for that many to be distributed.

Washington's face on Sacagawea coin is rare blunder
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - June 18, 2000
One of the new golden dollars includes the face of George Washington and the back of the Sacagawea dollar coin. Some believe this to be the first error of its kind in the Mint's 208-year history.

'Old Man' sits pretty on US quarter - August 5, 2000
Whereas the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin was "the Edsel" of the US Mint, the run of state commemorative quarters - the newest honoring New Hampshire with a likeness of the Old Man of the Mountain on the back - are wildly popular. About 112 million Americans are collecting the series of coins.

Misprinted gold coin sold for $29,900 
Herald-Journal - August 10, 2000
A Newport Beach, CA coin dealer made the winning bid for the golden coin with the George Washington face and Sacagawea dollar coin back. With his bid of $29,900, he won the coin at the ANA's Worlds Fair of Money. Only four of these errors are known. Two of the three went for $31,000 and $41,395 previously.

Gold, silver coins may mean hard cash for SLOC, USOC 
The Deseret News - September 20, 2000
The US House approved a plan to make money for the Salt Lake City Olympics. It approved up to 80,000 $5 gold coins and 400,000 silver dollar coins to honor the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Ex-Mint worker is charged
Reading Eagle - August 22, 2000
A former press operator at the US Mint stole and sold coins that were stamped incorrectly. In just over a year, he made and stole pennies, nickels, dimes and other coins that were defective. He sold the coins making over $80,000 from eager collectors.

New US dollar coin difficult to pinpoint 
Lodi News-Sentinel - December 27, 2000
Roughly 1.2 billion of the golden dollars have been made with 700 million in circulation. But, circulation doesn't necessarily mean people are using them. Many have been collected while some reside in banks. But for day-to-day transactions, people rarely see the coins.

The 2000 Mint Set Year included news of the new Sacagawea golden dollar coin with the US Mint spending millions in promotions at the introduction and throughout the year.

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