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Coins - 1993 Mint Set

The 1993 mint set came in a green envelope with images of the five different coins on the front. The mint set included ten uncirculated coins, one of each from both the Denver and Philadelphia mints. Additionally, the mint set includes two mint tokens identifying the coins as being minted in Denver or in Philadelphia. The mint set contains the Kennedy half dollar, Washington quarter, Roosevelt dime, Jefferson nickel and Lincoln penny.

Colorful but simple, the 1993 mint set includes images of the five uncirculated coins on the front of the envelope. They form a semicircle around the mint set's identifying title, "The 1993 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set." In the lower left corner, "with P and D mint marks" alerts the collector that the coins come from the Denver and Philadelphia mints.

1993 Mint Set Package  

1993 Mint Set package of coins 

The mint set's envelope is a plain green color without any additional design or text on the back.

1993 Mint Set back of envelope 

The 1993 mint set contains the two clear sleeves holding the uncirculated coins and  mint tokens, an informational insert about the mint set and a reorder form on a separate card.

1993 Mint Set opened showing coins and contents 

1993 Mint Set Uncirculated Coins

The red-edged clear sleeve holds the five uncirculated coins and the mint token from the Denver mint. On the right, the coins from the Philadelphia mint and its mint token are in the blue-edged sleeve.

1993 Mint Set obverse images of coins 

The obverse of the Denver mint token simply shows "Uncirculated" and "Denver" around the rim with a large "D" in the middle. 

1993 Mint Set Denver mint token 

The blue-edged sleeve holds the Philadelphia mint token which is similarly designed with "Uncirculated" and "Philadelphia" around the edge and a large "P" in the middle.

1993 Mint Set Philadelphia mint token 

The five uncirculated coins and the mint token in each clear sleeve are separately sealed in their own compartment. The six individual sections protect the coins from rubbing against each other but allow them to rotate freely within their space.  

Turning the clear sleeves over, the reverse images of the uncirculated coins can be easily viewed.

1993 Mint Set reverse images of coins 

Both of the mint tokens have the same reverse image which includes the Treasury Department's seal for the US Mint.

1993 Mint Set token reverse 

1993 Mint Set Insert and Certificate of Authenticity

The color and the coins on the front of the insert in the 1993 mint set look very similar to the front of the set. But, instead of showing the mint set's title, the front of the insert states, "Enduring images of America, Symbols of Democracy, Known throughout the World."

1993 Mint Set front of insert 

For the message inside the 1993 mint set insert, the US Mint reverted to a short and simple message similar to that of the 1991 mint set. They identify the mint set as being a 1993 Uncirculated Coin Set and briefly note the coins and the packaging.

1993 Mint Set inside of insert 

In green lettering, the back of the folded insert shows the "Specifications — 1993 Uncirculated Coin Set" and includes the artists, the size, the metals and the weight of the five uncirculated coins in the mint set. 

1993 Mint Set coin specifications 

For recipients of the 1993 mint set to be able to increase their number of sets easily, the US Mint included a reorder form on a separate card. (Note: this card is no longer valid, but it helps cushion the coins in the envelope.)

1993 Mint Set reorder form 

The opposite side of the card advises how to complete the order form and where to send the form and the payment for the mint sets. 

1993 Mint Set reorder form instructions 

Larger images of the 1993 mint set insert show the contents of the insert and the coin specifications with more detail.

1993 Mint Set Coins and Metals

The coins of the 1993 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

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.

1993 Mint Set Year - News about Coins and the US Mint

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

Commemorative Coins Will Raise Money for War Memorials 
The Ridgefield Press - Jun 17, 1993
The US Mint began sales of the World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins. The coins include a gold $5, a silver dollar and a cupronickel clad half dollar. Surcharges for these coins will be applied to the establishment of a World War II memorial in Washington, DC and an Armed Forces Memorial to be built in Normandy, France.

Less work for the US Mint? 
The Deseret News - Jul 23, 1993
With costs increasing and with the penny production down from 16.2 billion in 1982 to 9.1 billion last year, perhaps the US Mint could save money by no longer making the penny coin. Today, people, even children, won't stop to pick up a penny lying on the street. Too, many businesses round to the nearest five cents to avoid pennies in change.

Time for change in designs on US coins 
The Albany Herald - Sep 2, 1993
Alan M. Stahl, curator of medieval coins and of medals at the American Numismatic Society, says, "Our coins represent the aesthetics and ideology of Americans before World War II. It's time to do something."  He goes on to say that it doesn't make sense to stick with coin designs that date back to the beginning of the century, when President Theodore Roosevelt successfully pushed for major changes.

Society's building is home to numismaticists 
The Albany Herald - Sep 2, 1993
The American Numismatic Society's building in upper Manhattan houses a collection of more than one million objects from ancient to modern coins, from work money scrip to paper currency, from medals, including a Medal of Honor, to mass transit tokens along with other mediums of exchange.

Fort Knox Vaults Harbor Millions in Opium, Morphine -- Stockpile Held for Emergencies 
The Seattle Times - Sep 16, 1993
Since 1955, the Defense Logistics Agency has stockpiled narcotics in case supplies were cut off. Since the US Mint does not allow tours
of the gold vaults, the agency contracts with the US Mint to store the 68,269 pounds of opium and morphine in the gold vaults. 

Marking anniversary of Philadelphia Mint 
The News - Sep 19, 1993
To recognize the Philadelphia Mint's 200th anniversary, the US Mint will offer a special Philadelphia set of coins created for collectors. The set will contain proof versions of three fractional gold coins, the silver eagle and a silver medal recognizing the mint's anniversary. All of the coins and the medal will have a "P" mint mark. This will be the first year the Philadelphia mint has struck the silver eagle, and it will be the last year the Philadelphia location strikes gold coins.

Firefighters medals available from the US Mint 
Gettysburg Times - Oct 12, 1993
In recognition of Benjamin Franklin's organizing the first fire service in Philadelphia in 1736, the US Mint has been authorized by Congress to produce a Benjamin Franklin Memorial Commemorative Medal. Sales of the medal will help restore the Benjamin Franklin Memorial and will contribute funds to several fire service organizations. The medal will contain one ounce of silver and bear the "P" mint mark.

Woman selected for US Treasurer 
The Milwaukee Sentinel - Nov 23, 1993
President Clinton has nominated Ohio's treasurer, Mary Ellen Withrow, to be the 40th US Treasurer. In that role, she would oversee the nation's coinage and currency produced by the US Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Senate Approves New Jefferson Coin 
The Mount Airy News - Nov 26, 1993
After passing the House, the Senate unanimously approved the authorization for the US Mint to produce 600,000 silver dollars with the portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the obverse. Surcharges on sales of 500,000 of the coins will go to a planned International Center for Jefferson Studies outside Charlottesville for educational programs. Proceeds from the other 100,000 coins will help restore and preserve Monticello, Jefferson's home, and his retreat, Poplar Forest.

The 1993 Mint Set Year included news of various commemorative coins and the discussions of changing the look of circulating coinage.

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