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Unfamiliar Coin | Denver Uncirculated Set Mint Medal

 
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 Posted 02/08/2011  06:09 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Joolz to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a copper coin that is the same size of a penny. On one side it has a capital "D" in the middle. Above the "D" it says "UNCIRCULATED", and below it says "DENVER". On the other side it has a crest. In the crest are scales, and upside down V shape with stars, and a skeleton key. Above the crest it says "TREASURY", and below it says "UNITED STATES MINT". There is no date or monetary value on either side.

Does anyone know what this is? I have tried to search a couple of coin sites, but couldn't find anything. I'm very curious about this coin, and any shared knowledge would be greatly appreciated. I'm also looking for some good coin/currency sites. Any suggestions?

I'm looking forward to reading, posting, and learning in this forum.
-Joolz

Identified - moved to Medals forum - Sap
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02/08/2011 06:22 am
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 Posted 02/08/2011  06:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
joolz: Welcome to the CCF!

Without a picture, I can't say so for sure, but your description suggests a mint medal. The Royal Australian Mint in Canberra does these for a small cost to visitors. I also have one of these from the British Royal Mint, and one from the Indian National Mint, based on the square two annas planchet of 1950.

I am sure the rest of us on the CCF would love to see a picture to confirm.
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02/08/2011 06:32 am
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 Posted 02/08/2011  07:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To CCF. It sounds like a medal you would find in an uncirculated Denver U.S.Mint set.A good coin/currency site I can't help you with but I can recommend a great site.....your on it
John1
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02/08/2011 07:08 am
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 Posted 02/08/2011  07:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Joolz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the fast replies! How do I upload pictures? Can I upload directly from my phone?
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 Posted 02/08/2011  2:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pls to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These medals (if that's what they're called), struck on cent planchets, came with some D (and P) uncirculated mint sets and were packaged in the cellophane wrappers with them. Someone has broken up a mint set and released this thing into circulation. Someone here should be able to tell you what years they came with mint sets.
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 Posted 02/08/2011  4:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Joolz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All of this info has been very helpful, thank you so much. It has also heightened my curiosity...what years the mint packaged?, how rare are they?, broken packages worth anything?, etc..:)
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 Posted 02/09/2011  06:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, it's a "mint set medal", sometimes called a "mint set token". Google either of those phrases for lots of examples.

The cellophane wrappers the mint sets come in have six slots, for the cent, 5 cent, dime, quarter, half and dollar. In years where no dollar coin was issued , one of these "mint set medals" filled the sixth space.

I'm not sure of the exact chronology, but I think it runs something like this: Earlier sets from the 1960s and 1970s had a plastic medal; sets from the early 1980s had medals struck on 1 cent blanks but with a simpler design without the Treasury crest; sets from the late 1980s and 1990s had ones like yours.

Go to eBay and you can find people selling them by the bucketload, often still in their wrappers; when people (especially dealers) cut up mint sets to get at the coins, the medals get "left behind".
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 Posted 11/22/2018  11:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jeffbuckes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another old topic but here goes:

I have a bag of miscellaneous tokens / casino chips etc. - things I don't collect but I know others do so I hold on to them...

In that bag I have 8 or 9 of these mint set medals (P and D).

I wonder whether anyone actually collects them or are they just scrap metal for the bin?

I saw a few listed on ebay but I don't think they're worth the time to sell just a handful that way. Thoughts?

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 Posted 11/25/2018  7:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is no meaningful collector base for these tokens. They can often be found in dealer junk boxes for next to nothing. I've also seen dealers throw piles of them out after cutting up mint sets.


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 Posted 11/25/2018  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jeffbuckes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder whether any of those dealers ever tried to pass these off as one-cent coins? It would be pretty easy to drop a handful in change. I guess it's not worth the time or trouble at one cent each. But I used to get dateless Buffalos and common wheats at my local dealer... so why not?
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 Posted 11/26/2018  08:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Circus to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't know for sure but , I would say that people do put them out in change, Like some do with the copper coins form some other countries. We get a lot of the Bahama pennies around here and Mexican coinage in change. As far as value goes around this area they are marked .25 and in the half off box. Mint sets are one of the biggest rip offs in the history of coin collecting, Like with stamps most are only worth face value.
case in point My parents bought 5 sets from each mint every year since the mid seventies when there grand children were born, one for each of them and one set for me. That is a lot of money wasted. since when they stopped buying them it was in the higher $60.00 they would spend. Dealer buy at a reduced rate for their profit and most are worth more as the separate coins. Some brought only a couple dollars as sets but had cost $12 plus new from the mint.
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