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United States Coin Proof Sets

Proof coins were originally minted specifically to check the dies before regular production began as a prototype for quality assurance. Beginning in the 1850s, proofs were allowed to be ordered directly from the mint, as their special frosted look and higher relief qualities were popular with collectors. Before this, proofs existed only internally at the mint, although some copies exist because they were either given away as presentation pieces to dignitaries or stolen from the mint.

These proof coins were eventually put into sets, which consisted of one proof copy of each coin minted that year. The first U.S. proof set was created in 1936. It consisted of the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar. Proof sets included the dollar from 1973 to 1981, and then again in 2000 with the introduction of the Sacajawea dollar.

Collecting U.S. coin proof sets has become especially popular in recent years due to the State Quarters program. The 1999 to 2008 proof set runs contain all five of each year's state quarters in proof as well as the remaining circulating coinage. As the U.S. Mint has created more unique and commemorative coinage, proof sets have retained their desirability. Proof sets are affordable for burgeoning young coin collectors, allowing them to obtain complete high-quality sets of a specific series of coins.


Quick Facts

  • Despite their origins in quality testing, proof sets are not entirely without their own rarities and flaws. Several have missing, malformed, or misshapen mint marks
  • An original 1936 proof set in PR65 condition sold in 2010 for just over $13,000
  • Proof sets are also sold in silver. While normal proof sets consist of the same base metals used for circulating coinage, silver proof sets use rarer materials, creating a gorgeous product reminiscent of when all coins were made that way

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1957-P Unc. Proof Set
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1958-P Silver Proof Set
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1964-P Silver Proof Set
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1959-P Silver Proof Set
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1960-P Unc. Proof Set
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1961-P Unc. Proof Set
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1962-P Unc. Proof Set
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1988-S U.S. Olympic Proof Silver Dollar OGP
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The Capitol Proof Silver Dollar - 1994 Bicentennial - San Francisco Mint - Beautiful & Unique!
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2020 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set
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1993-S U.S. Bill of Rights Prestige Proof Set OGP - 7 Coins
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1963-P Silver Proof Set
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Group of 9 United States Mint Proof Sets 1970-1978 51 coins.
Oct 09, 11:00 AM EDT
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Group of 10 United States Mint Proof Sets 1990-1999 54 coins.
Oct 09, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of 10 United States Mint Proof Sets 1990-1999 54 coins.
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1977-S U.S. Proof Set OGP
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2019-S American Innovation 1$ Coin Proof Set
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1984-S U.S. Prestige Olympic Proof Set - 6 Coins - OGP
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
1984-S U.S. Prestige Olympic Proof Set - 6 Coins - OGP
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Est: $1- $5,000
$172 Bids
1991-S85 U.S. Mount Rushmore Prestige Proof Set - 7 Coins - OGP
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
1991-S85 U.S. Mount Rushmore Prestige Proof Set - 7 Coins - OGP
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Est: $1- $5,000
$202 Bids
1988-S U.S. Olympic Prestige Proof Set - 6 Coins - OGP
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1- $5,000
$62 Bids
1964 P&D US Proof Set with 6 90% Silver Coins
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1- $5,000
$62 Bids
(2) 1957, 1959 U.S. MINT PROOF SETS IN HOLDERS
Oct 04, 11:00 AM EDT
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Est: $80- $100
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