What Are Coin Anniversary Sets?

Coin anniversary sets are simply coin sets released to mark the anniversary of something. Anniversary sets may celebrate historic events, but many times anniversary sets are launched simply to mark the anniversary of something important to coinage itself, such as the first release of a major circulating coin or the founding of a beloved mint.

These coin anniversary sets provide coin enthusiasts with an excellent opportunity to procure low-mintage Proof sets from respected mints, including the United States Mint, that have bullion value and may also have numismatic value, too. The coins in anniversary sets are generally, although not always, special in some way. They may be Proof or Reverse Proof coins, have been struck in greater relief, or perhaps may be colorized. Anniversary set coins are meant to celebrate or honor something, so the coins are something of a celebration, too.

Some coin anniversary sets honor historic events. These may be beloved keepsakes to those involved in the events or to history buffs who specialize in those events or time periods. The selection of historic-event coin anniversary sets available at APMEX includes:

1986 2-Coin Commemorative Statue of Liberty Proof Set 
This 2-coin U.S. Mint Proof set commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. These are the first coins ever issued by the U.S. government depicting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty is among the most beloved symbols of American freedom and her welcoming of those seeking a better life. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the Golden door!”

1996-P 2-Coin Commemorative Smithsonian Anniversary Proof Set 
This beautiful U.S. Mint Proof set commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 to increase and spread knowledge about a variety of topics, including Unites States history, natural history, aviation and space flight, design and portraiture.

Many anniversary coin sets are especially beautiful Proof sets issued by the United States Mint specifically to celebrate an achievement of the mint itself. U.S. Mint Proof sets marking the anniversary of events in coinage include:

2006-W 3-Coin Gold American Eagle Anniversary Set 
This beautiful 20th anniversary set contains three 1 oz Gold American Eagle coins in Proof, Reverse Proof and Burnished conditions with the "W" mintmark for the West Point Mint. The American Gold Eagle has become one of the most popular Gold bullion coins in the world and the U.S. Mint is rightly proud of the mark it has made among Gold bullion coins.

2014 4-Coin 50th Anniversary Kennedy 1/2 Dollar Proof Set 
This United States Mint Proof set was designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Half Dollar, first released in 1964, only a few short months after John F. Kennedy's untimely death. The Kennedy Half Dollar has a fascinating history and also had an enormous impact on American coinage, so it naturally ranks as a coin to be honored for many reasons.

2012-S 75th Anniversary of the San Francisco Mint 2-Coin Silver American Eagle
This lovely 2-coin 75th anniversary Silver Eagle Set contains Proof and Reverse Proof Silver Eagles struck at the San Francisco Mint in 2012 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint. The San Francisco Mint was founded much earlier, but the current facility opened in 1937 and has played a significant role in the production of Proof coins for the United States Mint.

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