1957-1958 US Mint Set

1957-1958 US Mint Sets marked the end of an era for such releases from the United States Mint. Up to and including these two years, US Mint Sets were issued with two coins representing each circulating strike from each minting facility released by the Mint in those years.

For example, the 1957-1958 US Mint Sets contained a total of twenty coins. This included two Lincoln Cents from the US Mint facility in Philadelphia and two Lincoln Cents from the US Mint facility in Denver. Additional circulating denominations of the years were also represented by a total of four strikes with two from the Philadelphia facility and two from the Denver facility.

The "double mint set" products such as these would end following 1958. Future releases would include just one example of each coin from each facility responsible for striking them.

These two years also marked the end of a packaging process for the mint sets. Like previous releases, the 1957-1958 US Mint Sets included cardboard holders for the coins with strikes from one facility placed in one holder and strikes from the other minting facility placed in another. Following 1958, coins of mint sets would instead be placed in individual pockets of plastic sheets.


As previously mentioned, the 1957-1958 US Mint Sets contained a total of twenty coins with examples of two of each circulating coins issued by the mint facility in Philadelphia and two from the facility in Denver. Short descriptions of the included coins is offered below:

(4) Lincoln Cents

Two Lincoln Cents from the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and two from the Mint’s facility in Denver are included in the set. Lincoln Cents made their debut in 1909 and have featured the same obverse portrait of Abraham Lincoln on their obverse as designed by Victor David Brenner. The reverse of the Lincoln Cents of the set contain a wheat stalk design also by Brenner.

(4) Jefferson Nickels

Jefferson Nickels have been struck by the US Mint since 1938. The nickels included as part of this set feature an obverse portrait of Thomas Jefferson as designed by Felix Schlag. The same individual designed the reverse image of Monticello, Jefferson’s home.

(4) Roosevelt Dimes – 0.07234 oz. total silver weight per dime

John R. Sinnock designed both the obverse and reverse of the Roosevelt Dimes which made their debut in 1946. Shown on the obverse is a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The reverse contains an olive branch, oak branch and torch design.

(4) Washington Quarters – 0.18084 oz. total silver weight per quarter

Washington Quarters were first issued in 1932 by the Mint as part of the bicentennial celebration of the birth of the first President of the United States, George Washington. A portrait of Washington by John Flanagan is found on the obverse of the strike while the reverse depicts an eagle with its wings outstretched – also by Flanagan.

(4) Franklin Half Dollars – 0.36169 oz. total silver weight per half dollar

Benjamin Franklin is featured on the obverse of these half dollars with a portrait originally completed by John R. Sinnock. The reverse, also by Sinnock, depicts an image of the Liberty Bell.

1957-1958 Mint Set Specifications

Face Value:   $.3.64
Composition:   cent, nickel – base metal
dime, quarter, half dollar – 90% silver
Total Silver Content:   2.45948 oz



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