US Mint Silver Sets are confusing when figuring the silver face of each set, since most sets don’t contain the same amount of mint marked coins. Also, do to the fact that earlier sets where double mint sets and included 2 coins, same denomination, from each mint produced for that year.
Also, some sellers will fill in the holes with uncirculated examples so that every business strike coin is included in their sets, so don’t be confused. The below explanations are for original, as they came from the US Mint.
The best way to learn the amount of coins, per date and mint mark, is to list them. Some sets contain the same amount so they’re grouped together, but some don’t follow the “rules” so they need a separate listing. Below is a comprehensive list of all uncirculated mint sets with face value and silver face value listed.Note: If you don’t need a full explanation of the contents of these silver mint sets and are looking for values then visit our U.S. Mint Set Value Chart.
1947-1949 contain 6 coins, of each denomination and mints for P,D,S, but the half dollar does not have examples of an S mint coin, so the sets include 28 coins for these dates.
The silver face for 1947-49 is $4.10 and total face for all 28 coins is $4.46. No mint sets issued by the US Mint in 1950 but you can buy put-together sets.
U.S. Mint Sets issued 1951-1954 the mint added the Half Dollars with an S mint and they consist of 30 coins. So they have 2 examples of each coin minted by S, D, P for each denomination and type. These are the most complete, double, mint sets ever issued. From 1951-1954 the silver face value is $5.10 and the total face value for all thirty coins is $5.46.
The 1955 uncirulated mint set the mint eliminated a few coins; the S mint half dollar, quarter, dime and nickel, but retains the S mint cents for a total coin count of 22. The silver face for the 1955 is $2.6086 and the total face value for this issue is $2.86.
The 1956 doesn’t contain any S mint mark coins, and they are not included in a mint set again until 1968. The set included 2 P mint mark half dollar and 2 each p and D of all the other denominations. The silver face for the U.S. uncirculated sets is $1.90 and total face value for all 18 coins is $2.64.
The 1957-58 U.S. Mint Set includes 20 coins, no S mint mark coins, but 2 examples of each coin from P and D mints. The total face value for the 1957 and 1957 is $3.64 and the total silver face value is $3.40.
U.S. Mint Sets from 1958-1964 included one example of each coin from the P and D mints, and totalled 10 coins for each set. The total face value for each set of these dates is $1.82 and the total silver face is $1.70.
All uncirculated mint sets listed above contain 90% silver coins, but there’s a rare 1964 SMS (Special Mint Set) that also has 90% silver coins. It’s estimated that 50 such sets might exist, but that’s just an estimate. The 1964 SMS set is rare and has one example of each denomination, minted that year, from the Philadelphia mint only.
Mint Sets Containing 40% Silver Clad Half Dollars
The 1965-1967 are mint sets, but struck with different dies than the preceding years, and called SMS or Special Mint Sets. Since no proofs were struck during these three years cameo and deep cameo examples are highly sought after. Each set has one example, of each denomination, for the Philadelphia Mint only. No mint mark.
So, the silver face for the sets is .50, as the half dollar is clad in 40% silver, and the total face value for each set is .91 cents.
The 1968-1970 mint sets is a return to the business strike dies and S mint coins. It’s also the last years for 40% silver half dollars and the only coins with silver. So the silver face is .50 but the total face value increases to $1.33 by adding the S and D mint dimes, nickels and cents.
No Philadelphia Mint half dollars in these sets, all are mint marked D. Also, the 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar was not minted for circulation and is only available as a business strike in the 1970 mint set. It’s considered a key date since the mint set mintage is only 2,038,134.
In addition, and what makes the 1970 sets more appealing is the Small Date Cents. The 1970 mint sets with Sm. Dt. cents is more rare than their Lg. Dt. counterparts and there’s some varieties for cherry pickers of the Sm. Dt. cents.
In conclusion, I put together a chart, for easy reference, with mintages, values, face values and coin count with each mint, coin type and denomination included. You can view this chart here U.S. Mint Set Values