Coins in brilliant uncirculated condition are a coin collector’s dream. That is what US Mint Sets are made up of uncirculated coins that are examples of the coins actually in circulation during that specific year. Struck in 2 different Mints, these coins are packaged in 2 separate sealed cellophane packages. The 1978 Mint Set contains 12 coins and is available for collectors today. Silver.com currently has these 1978 US Mint Sets available for purchase online.
- Set ships in sealed cellophane packaging!
- Set contains twelve 1978 coins from the US Mint!
- Total of 2,162,609 mint sets were issued in 1978.
- Each denomination has its own obverse and reverse design.
- Its face value – in US dollars – is displayed on each coin.
- Please note – the outer envelope/sleeve/box may be missing from some sets.
- Also note – packaging may not be in perfect condition in some sets.
After 1972’s highest to date sales of Mint Sets of 2,750,000 sets, sales of Mint Sets in 1973 decreased markedly, down by almost 1 million sets. The remaining years in the 1970’s saw sales slowly trending upwards, with a few occasional setbacks. Mint Set sales in 1978 were at 2,162,609 sets. The face value of $3.82 and the original issue price of $7.00 remained the same from the previous year.
There are 12 uncirculated coins in the 1978 Mint Sets, separated into 2 packages. One package contains 6 coins from the Denver Mint and is bordered in red. The other package contains 6 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and is bordered in blue. Each package contains one each of the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter, Kennedy Half Dollar, and Eisenhower Dollar. This is the last year for the Eisenhower Dollar.
The obverse of the Eisenhower Dollar features a left-facing profile of Dwight D. Eisenhower. At a parade in New York in 1945, Frank Gasparro had the opportunity to see General Eisenhower in person. He used that time to sketch the General’s features. Years later, that sketch and roughly 30 pictures of the former General and President that Gasparro studied, became the basis for this design.
The reverse of the Eisenhower Dollar features a bald eagle landing on the moon’s surface, carrying an olive branch. A depiction of the Earth is in the distant background. This design is a tribute to the Apollo 11 mission, and seems to be appropriate as the space program started during Eisenhower’s administration.
Frank Gasparro, the tenth Chief Engraver of the US Mint, designed both the obverse and reverse of the Eisenhower Dollar included in this Set. The particular designs allow the dollar to commemorate both Eisenhower and the Moon mission.
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