In 2019, the West Point Mint produced cents with the official “W” mint mark. Although this may be the official “W” production of cents by West Point, it is not the first cent production at West Point. Years ago, the West Point Mint minted circulating cents for the Philadelphia Mint without placing a mint mark on them, but released this year, there are now three collectable
West Point cents, each with a different finish and “W” mint mark. These cents come with the purchase of a 2019 proof or mint set. The 2019 Proof Set comes with a bonus proof finish “W” West Point cent. So far, the mint has provided this coin outside of its presentation box in a separate envelope. The 2019 Proof Set comes with 10 coins plus the special “W” cent.
The 2019-S Silver Proof Set includes a reverse proof “W” West Point cent. A reverse proof coin shows the inverse of the finish normally seen on a regular proof coin. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful of the three “W” cents produced. This coin may also turn out to be the lowest mintage of the three special cents made this year. 2019 is also the first year that the silver coins in this set are pure silver.
In the past, most United States silver coins were made of .900 fine silver. The 2019 uncirculated set comes with a “W” business strike West Point cent. The business strike on this coin is the same used to mint everyday change. This is the second coin ever minted with a “W” mint mark as a business strike. The first being the 1996-W Roosevelt Dime. The 2019 uncirculated set includes all Philadelphia and Denver regular issue coins.
Rarity of these coins will be difficult to determine until the mint concludes the sale of these proof sets. At our coin shop, we include each of these “W” cents as provided directly by the Mint, therefore, making a complete set as issued.
Thoreson Numismatics is located at 118 West Main Street in Turlock.