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1965 US Special Mint Set
1965 US Special Mint Set


 
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The 1965 United States "Special Mint Set" contains a total of 5 different coins.

The 1965 sets mark the first of three years for these Special Mint Sets released by the United States Mint.

Due to rising silver prices, coin shortages gripped the nation in 1965. In response, the U.S. Mint did not produce Mint Sets and Proof Sets between 1965 and 1967. Rather, they issued these Special Mint Sets. The coins in this set are struck from specially prepared dies, but not as proofs. As a result, they display mirror surfaces that are unique to these sets. In order to alleviate the coin shortage, the Mint removed the mintmarks from all coins this year.

The 1965 set contains five coins: The Lincoln cent, the Jefferson nickel, the Roosevelt dime, Washington quarter and Kennedy half-dollar.

Because silver prices had risen far above the nominal value of the dime and quarter, these coins were struck in a special ?clad? composition for the first time. For these coins, a layer of copper is sandwiched between two layers of nickel. The dime and quarter are still being struck this way today. The Kennedy half-dollar is the only coin that contains 40% silver.

This "vintage" set has been previously owned. It is in "like new" condition and comes in its full original US Mint packaging.

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