By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek News Staff ….
As of December 1, the United States Mint has removed household order limits for the remaining 2015 American $1 Coin & Currency Sets in its inventory. A limit of five per household had been in place previously since the coin and currency set was first released on August 24.
According to the Mint’s November 29 sales figures, 74,112 sets–out of a maximum production run of 90,000–have been ordered.
The set consists of one 2015 “Enhanced Uncirculated” Native American $1 coin minted at West Point and one 2015 $1 Federal Reserve note from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. This year’s reverse for the Native American dollar coin was designed by Ronald D. Sanders (View Designer’s Profile) and honors the ironworkers of the Mohawk tribe in upstate New York.
Glenna Goodacre (View Designer’s Profile) designed the Sacagawea obverse, first issued in 1999.
The Mohawk Ironworkers are famous for their contributions to New York City’s skyline, serving on construction crews for most of NYC’s iconic skyscrapers–including the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Mohawk Ironworkers also helped with recovery and rescue at the World Trade Center in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack. To memorialize this, the serial number on the Federal Reserve note contained in each 2015 Coin and Currency Set starts with the digits “911”.
Last year’s Coin and Currency Set was a surprise hit when collectors discovered that the 2014 Native American $1 coin included in the set featured a special, laser-treated “Enhanced Unicirculated” finish that allowed for greater variation of frosting on different parts of the design. This year’s dollar coin design received the same treatment and it is reasonable to suggest that this is the main driver of the 2015 set’s popularity.
Also noteworthy is the fact that some customers have complained about the bank note coming loose from its setting and becoming creased or folded. Other customers complained that the note was damaged or marked by the adhesive that was supposed to stick it in place.
The 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency Set comes in a tri-fold presentation folder that allows for the viewing of both sides of the coin and bill, and a Certificate of Authenticity is included as well. Retail price is US$14.95 at http://catalog.usmint.gov.