1966 Special Mint Set

1966 Special Mint Set

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While the Treasury waited to declare the coinage shortage over, the Special Mint Set program was continued for another year.

All of the Special Mint Set coins were struck at San Francisco on old presses obtained from the Ordnance Department, but without an identifying mintmark.

In 1966, the initials "FS" (for the designer, Felix Schlag) were added to the obverse of the Nickel. Two Proof Nickels were struck in 1966 (most likely in Philadelphia) and presented to Schlag. Their whereabouts are unknown. Some 1966 Special Mint Sets may contain a very scarce, but spectacular Doubled Die Obverse Half Dollar (examine "IN GOD WE TRUST", Kennedy's chin, nose, ear and eye.). Another very rare Half Dollar is found with the designer's initials (FG) missing on the reverse, due to excessive polishing of the die.

Each set contained five coins: Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter, and Kennedy Half Dollar.

Mintage: 2,261,583 sets

The coins in Special Mint Sets were housed in a clear plastic holder made of two pieces that snapped together. Each coin was held in place by a raised ring of plastic. A thin sheet of blue plastic, with cutouts for each coin, provided a background. Each holder was placed into a cardboard slipcase.

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