Update (8/15/17, 9:45 a.m.)—Reader dreamcatcherscott noticed that the sets are restored to available status as of this morning. A quick look indicates that the Mint has more than 100 in stock. This may be the last round of availability, or there may be one or two more, depending on how many returns are processed in the coming weeks. Coin Update will continue to report any changes in status.
To collectors who were disappointed at the quick sellout of the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Set (17XC), then delighted at their return to availability a few days later, then concerned by the lack of a quick sell-out thereafter: you may be happy to know that today marks the second (and likely final) sell-out of the limited-mintage sets, the supply of which was restricted to 225,000. Strictly speaking, the sets won’t be considered “sold out” until the Mint lists them as such on their product page; for now, they’re labeled “currently unavailable.”
As with most new Mint products, it’s impossible to pinpoint what the value of these sets will be in the future. A couple of data points do exist, however, from which to extrapolate:
- In 1994, the Mint released a Coinage and Currency set containing an uncirculated, 1993-dated Thomas Jefferson silver dollar, an uncirculated 1994-P Jefferson nickel with a special matte finish, and a 1976 $2 Federal Reserve Note. Originally sold for $34, the sets now run about $110, according to the 2018 Red Book. The nickel (described in the Red Book as “Special Uncirculated”), with a final mintage of 167,703, is valued separately in the Red Book at $50 for an MS-63 and $100 for an MS-65.
- In 1997, the Botanic Garden Coinage and Currency Set contained an uncirculated 1997 Botanic Garden commemorative silver dollar, an uncirculated 1997 Jefferson nickel with a special matte finish, and a 1995 $1 Federal Reserve Note. Priced at $36, the extremely limited mintage of 25,000 sold out completely. Sets are valued around $250 today, with the nickels valued separately at about $200 for MS-63 and $225 for MS-65.
It seems unlikely that anyone will make out like a bandit with the 2017 Enhanced Uncirculated coins. But 10 or 15 years from now, when the collectors with one or more 17XC’s stashed in a drawer take them out again, they’ll be glad they spent $29 back in 2017.