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Coins - 2004 Mint Set

With the 2004 mint set and its additional nickel, the US Mint remained consistent with their coin packaging of the 11 uncirculated coins from Denver and 11 from Philadelphia, but the paper inserts changed.

The 2004 mint set included the first year of the Westward Journey nickels. Two nickels highlighted the 200th anniversary of the first year of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The 2004 mint set contained one each of the following coins from the two mints: the penny, "Peace Medal" nickel, "Keelboat" nickel, dime, half dollar, dollar and the five state quarter coins. Separate envelopes held the ten coins from each mint. 

The two envelopes in the 2004 mint set included 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, two nickels, dime, half dollar and dollar uncirculated coins.

For the 2004 mint set, the US Mint placed images of the coins on the front of the envelope with the two nickels prominent. Both envelopes used the same image, and the image was surrounded by the color for the mint, red for Denver and blue for Philadelphia.

In addition, the front of each envelope includes "2004," "United States Mint," and  "Uncirculated Coin Set." The 50 State Quarters logo displays on the lower left of each envelope. 

Look at how the red and blue colors identify each mint and how they make the images appear differently.

2004 Mint Set Package

2004 Mint Set package of uncirculated coins

Very similar to the previous year, the backs of the envelopes in the 2004 mint set reflected the colors associated with each mint - red for Denver and blue for Philadelphia. The US Mint's web site address on each envelope's flap shows in white against the red or blue.

2004 Mint Set back of envelopes

In 2004, the US Mint reduced their printing costs by not including as many inserts in the 2004 mint set. But, they remained consistent on how they packaged the coins in the two envelopes.

The picture below shows the one insert with the description of the coins and the Certificate of Authenticity at the top, the Denver portion of the 2004 mint set on the left with its red envelope and the Philadelphia portion in blue on the right.

The US Mint continued their colors for the Mylar edges with the regular uncirculated coins from the Denver mint in the red-edged sleeve and the state quarters in the black-edged sleeve.

Similarly, the Philadelphia regular uncirculated coins were in blue-edged Mylar and the uncirculated state quarters in the white-edged Mylar. 

2004 Mint Set opened showing contents of uncirculated coins

2004 Mint Set Uncirculated Coins

From the obverse (heads) view, the two Mylar sleeves in the 2004 mint set for the Denver minted coins include the red-edge for the penny, two Westward Journey nickels, dime, half dollar and dollar uncirculated coins. The black-edged Mylar sleeve contained the sixth set of five uncirculated state quarters.

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

2004 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.

2004 Mint Set reverse view of uncirculated coins

2004 Mint Set Insert and Certificate of Authenticity

Earlier years contained two inserts that included the same content except for "Denver" vs. "Philadelphia." The 2004 mint set held just one insert in the Philadelphia envelope.

The simple design for the 2004 Mint Set's Certificate of Authenticity included charcoal gray printing on a white background.

2004 Mint Set front of insert describing uncirculated coins

The top of the insert discusses the coins included in the set and describes Westward Journey nickels and the sixth year of the 50 state quarters program.

The coin specifications for the state quarters show on the bottom.

2004 Mint Set inside of insert describing coins

The back of the insert in the 2004 mint set shows the coin specifications of the cent, two nickels, dime, half dollar and dollar uncirculated coins. 

2004 Mint Set back of insert describing coins

With the increasing acceptance of the internet and their online order process, the US Mint chose to not include the re-order card in the 2004 mint set. This, too, helped them cut print costs.

Larger images of the 2004 mint set insert show the contents of the insert and the coin specifications with more detail.

2004 Mint Set Coins and Metals

The coins of the 2004 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.

2004 Mint Set Year - News about Coins and the US Mint

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

US Mint selects artists to design coins
The Bryan Times - February 24, 2004
The US Mint asked two dozen artists to submit designs for a new nickel honoring the Lewis and Clark expedition. The artists have a variety of specialties and are part of the US Mint's Artistic Fusion program.

Nickel makeover is first in 66 years
Lakeland Ledger - March 5, 2004
The new five-cent pieces honoring the 1803 Louisiana Purchase soon will be in cash registers, pockets and purses. The back of the coin differs but the front remains the same. The US Mint has shipped millions of the coins to the Federal Reserve banks.

Redesign a coin that's acceptable
The Argus-Press - March 11, 2004
Two members of congress just proposed a new dollar coin design, but their legislation does not correct the size problem of mistaking the dollar coin for a quarter.

New California quarter shows Muir, Half Dome
The Union Democrat - March 30, 2004
The Governor unveiled the new California state quarter design yesterday. The new quarter includes conservationist John Muir, a California condor and Yosemite National Park's Half Dome. The California commemorative quarter begins circulation next year.

Quarter gets dual unveilings - April 6, 2004
The new Florida quarter will be unveiled at both the Kennedy Space Center and the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. The new quarters will be available for purchase at the Space Center but not in St. Augustine.

Liberty Head nickel sells for $3 million
Seattle Times - May 21, 2004
A 1913 Liberty Head nickel - that shouldn't exist - sold yesterday for $3 million. It was once owned by royalty and was featured in a 1973 "Hawaii-Five-O" episode.

New-look nickels to be unveiled
Kentucky New Era - September 14, 2004
For the first time since he was first placed on the five-cent coin in 1938, the image of Thomas Jefferson is changing in 2005 for the second set of nickels honoring the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

New York AG tries to halt sales of Sept 11 coins he says are fraudulent
Boca Raton News - October 15, 2004
New York's Attorney General obtained a court order to suspend the sale of commemorative Sept 11 coins said to be made of silver from Ground Zero. He questions the validity of their claim. Plus, he says that the coins are promoted as being almost pure silver when in reality they are silver plated.

The coin news during the 2004 Mint Set Year included discussions of new coin designs, rare coin sales and potential fraudulent commemoration coins. 

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