The official 2008 U.S. Mint Set that includes all coins issued for circulation – from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. This is Mint Set features coins with a unique “Satin” finish, and all coins are in matching SP-69 condition.
The 2008 Mint Set includes Uncirculated examples the year’s coins issued for circulation at each U.S. Mint. It is the ultimate record of America’s coins and this is one of the highest quality sets known to exist.
Each year, the U.S. Mint releases special “Mint Sets” to collectors. These are limited edition collections of the year’s circulating coins, and each set includes a complete set of all circulating coins issued at every mint.
As a result, U.S. Mint Sets are the official record of our nation’s coins. All coins are in original Uncirculated condition and are specially packaged right at the Mint to preserve their high quality.
In 2005, the U.S. Mint made a radical change to the Mint Set. Instead of using regular Uncirculated coins, it created special coins exclusively for the Mint Sets. The coins have a special “Satin” finish, and they are available only in Mint Sets. No Satin finish coins are released into circulation or are made available individually. Satin Finish coins look different from regular coins because the dies are sandblasted with a fine mixture of sand and glass beads. They are very distinctive.
The 2008 Mint Set makes for a fabulous collection - it features the LAST Lincoln Memorial Penny, the Nickel, Dime, all five 2008 State Quarters - the LAST of the series, Half Dollar, all four Presidential Dollars - James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren and the LAST Sacagawea Dollar with the Flying Eagle Reverse - all coins from both Mints – for a total of 28 coins. What's more, 2008 marks the LAST year that the motto "In God We Trust" will be featured on the rim of the Presidential Dollars! In 2009, the Mint will move the motto to the reverse of the coin! 2009 will bring four new Lincoln Penny designs, as well as a new reverse design on the Sacagawea Dollar.
Each of the 28 coins has been individually graded and certified as matching Brilliant Uncirculated SP69 condition. This is the same as MS69, but they are called SP-69 to distinguish them from regular Brilliant Uncirculated coins. Perhaps dozens of original Mint Sets had to be broken up and the coins individually graded to assemble even one 28-coin set in matching SP69 condition.
All coins are graded on a 70-point scale, with 70 being absolute perfection. It is virtually impossible to find a coin in perfect “70,” so this SP69 coin is one of the highest graded sets possible. Comes in a deluxe wooden presentation case.