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Mint mails fall catalog

The U.S. Mint has released its 2005 fall catalog.

Inside are new coin and die sets and the Collecting America’s Coins: Beginner Basics set, commonly referred to as the educational set.

The 50 State Quarters Coin and Die Sets are available for $34.95 each and contain a completely defaced die, one of the first production 2005-dated quarters struck with that die, and a matching certificate of authenticity.

Sets for California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas and West Virginia are available. However, the West Virginia coin and die set will be delayed until November due to the timing of the West Virginia quarter’s first striking.

Another new item is the Westward Journey Nickel Series Coin and Die Set. Priced at $39.95, this set features a completely defaced die, one of the first nickels struck with that die and a certificate of authenticity. American Bison and Ocean in View nickel sets are available.

The educational set is designed with new coin collectors in mind. An informational booklet included in the set serves as an introduction to the hobby. The set, which costs $14.50, also includes a cent planchet, a pair of circulating Lincoln cents, a pair of satin-finish uncirculated dimes and a proof half dollar.

Other items offered in the fall catalog are the Chief Justice John Marshall silver dollar; American Eagle gold, silver and platinum proof coins; various 2005 proof and uncirculated coin sets; first-day coin covers; and the 50 State Quarters Greetings From America card sets and portfolios.

The catalog will be sent out Sept. 21. To find out how to receive one, call (800) USA-MINT or visit www.usmint.gov.

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