The U.S. Mint’s now-annual American $1 Coin and Currency Set has become an unlikely hit these last three years, due in part to its inclusion of an exclusive Native American $1 coin carrying an Enhanced Uncirculated finish.
For this year’s set, released last Thursday, the Mint provided an intriguing twist: the 2013 series $1 bank note included in the set would be from “one of 12 Federal Reserve Banks.” Now, as the first orders begin to arrive at the homes of their new owners, some collectors are paying attention to the provenance of these bills, hoping to claim issues from specific cities. Some have even been tempted to amass a set of twelve Coin & Currency Sets — each including a note from a different Fed bank.
Commenters over at Mint News Blog have reported receiving notes from almost all of the twelve banks, which are listed on the chart below. Each location is given a corresponding letter to distinguish it from the others; the bank’s letter code appears at the start of a note’s serial number, as well as in the center of the Federal Reserve seal placed to the left of Washington’s portrait. For example, the “L” seen on the bill pictured above tells us it was made in San Francisco.
Increasing collector scrutiny of these notes is the fact that the Mint aims to provide examples with low serial numbers. Early reports suggest that some banks may have a tendency to provide lower numbers than others.
As reported yesterday, sales of the 2016 American $1 Coin and Currency Set have hit 25,744 of a possible 75,000 units. For more information on this item, please visit the Web site of the U.S. Mint.