There is no confirmation that the US box set is numbered - some websites confirm that it is, others don't. EMI haven't confirmed either way. For more info check out the discussions on Amazon.com. The US and UK box sets will be identical - I doubt very much either will be numbered.
I wonder if the limited edition claim is a sales ploy to push people into buying them, thinking thet're getting something of increasing value. It does happen. They could be on sale for the next 20 years, sell 10 million box sets and then stop making them. Then it would be a limited edition of 10 million. Just a thought.
My mono box set (hence presumably all the GB issue) has no limited numbering. If the rumours that it was limited to 10,000 units were true then I would expect it to be numbered as such. Since, after being slated to sell out completely with advance orders, it is still in stock every where, it appears that as many units as can be sold are being pressed, with no upper limit whatsoever.
I suppose that by its nature an edition with a unique number from 1 to 10,000 would be more valuable to a collector.
Oh and don't forget all the low numbered copies of The White Album that turned up over the years hinting that even stuff advertised as limited and numbered might not be what it seems. Yes, I would go with it being a marketing tactic to sell more boxes. As a GB Beatles fan with some original mono vinyl pressings, especially a US copy of "Magical Mystery Tour" I still had to buy one of each box of course. Nearly £200 - bah humbug. That said they do look very nice and what I've played so far sounds brilliant. In the mono box The White Album even comes with the 4 loose photos that were in the original mono and stereo vinyl but the stereo CD has the photos printed on the inside of the gatefold sleeve.
The mono version of 'The Beatles' also has the photos printed on the inside cover, but doesn't have the four alternate photos that the stereo version has on the slip case. What I do find strange is that the lyrics are also printed on the booklet as well as the poster.
I'm sure an edition with a unique number between 1 and 10,000 would be of no particular value whatsoever: these so-called limited editions are always limited to a quanitity known to be far in excess of the maximimum likely public demand. A limited eidtion of 10,000 has no merit if you only have 9,000 buyers. They'll probably still be selling these box sets off a decade from now and no doubt when they need some more they'll simply press some more, just as they have always done in the music business. This issue could be limited to 10,000 copies but you can create a re-issue. Often the reissue is far rarer than the original one. If you plan to live two thousand years or more then this box set might be of some real monetary value by then since your copy could be the only one left in existence. I love to collect things myself but I try not be be under any illusions about it. Enjoy the music and forget about stamp collecting and train spotting: these are pursuits for nerds. This fascination with things that we have is silly. These discs are about the music not the thing it's stored on and the cheap cardboard and plastic boxes they are packaged in. Young people fall for the collectors bug and you grow to regret it by about age 35. You realize that you've squandered your money on one-time must-haves that were just marketting ploys when you could have gone out and got pissed up on a dozen consecutive Friday nights instead. How can you laugh at such memories and say that your piece of plastic and cardboard is worth so much more?lol
I have had it confirmed that the Mono box set was produced in Japan and is very similar to the black Led Zeppelin box that was releaseed a short time ago. All the sleeves that are LP replicas and are in the plastic outta sleeves all come from Japan and shipped worldwide. All the editions are the same whether they are for the UK, USA or Australia etc.