Category Archives: Proof Sets

How to Best Collect Proof Coins

Is it better to collect 1936 to 1942 proof coins by the set or by the individual coin?
At one time, the proof set of 1936 to 1942 was the way to go, but today due to the hairsplitting grades assigned by third-party certification services, it would be challenging to find one of these sets intact as it was issued. Trying to match the coins in a set of any of these dates both grade-wise and with matching tone is challenging, but this is what collectors appear to favor.
 
Are proof sets for 1957 to 1963 still readily available, or have most of them been broken out to grade the coins individually?
There are still a significant number of original sets from the time period of 1957 to 1963 still available; however, if someone suspects even a single coin from such a set may grade significantly higher than the others, or if an individual coin appears to have frosted highlights, you can anticipate that set will be broken

Continue reading on Numismatic News

America the Beautiful Quarter Products Hit Market

More America the Beautiful quarter products have hit the market, and you will see their listings added to this week’s charts.
The three-coin set honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut was released June 29. The set, comprised of a “P” uncirculated quarter, a “D” uncirculated quarter, and an “S” proof quarter, has sold 11,375 since its debut

Continue reading on Numismatic News

MintStats_062320-scaled

Proof Sets See Collector Demand

Since our last Mint Statistics report, the Mint’s America the Beautiful products honoring the Weir Farm National Historic Site have been tallied.
You will see a Weir Farm entry included in the America the Beautiful 5-Ounce Coins chart on this page and in the Bags and Rolls section where sales totals are recorded for 100-coin bags, two-roll set for Philadelphia and Denver, San Francisco rolls, and the P, D, S rolls set.
Proof Sets are the name of the sales game this week

Continue reading on Numismatic News

bullion-1744773_640-1-150x150

Bullion Coins Remain Volatile

By Richard Giedroyc
Some very impressive rare coins are appearing in auctions during February and March. Strong prices should continue as the already heated auction market fires up even further.
It’s difficult to determine the extent of this venue since, although total and individual prices realized are often available, the annual number of coins being offered via auction is not

Continue reading on Numismatic News

CoinWeek Streaming News: 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter PROOF SET Released…

  The 2020 United States Mint release calendar continues at a busy pace this January with the release of the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set. In this CoinWeek Streaming News update, editor Charles Morgan discusses the set’s release and shows off two interesting items that he brought back from the 2020 Winter FUN […]

The post CoinWeek Streaming News: 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter PROOF SET Released… appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set on Sale Jan. 14

The United States Mint 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set ™ (product code 20AP) will be available for purchase on January 14 at noon EST. Priced at $18.50 USD, the set contains five proof finish America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins with reverse designs honoring the National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa), Weir […]

The post 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set on Sale Jan. 14 appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

1975 No-S Roosevelt Dime a Modern Rarity Worth Big Bucks

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The 1975 No-S Proof Roosevelt dime is one of the hottest modern coins in the marketplace after a PR-68 example graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently crossed the block for an astounding $456,000, including 20% buyer’s fee. The coin, which sold in the Heritage Auctions sale at […]

The post 1975 No-S Roosevelt Dime a Modern Rarity Worth Big Bucks appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

MintStats0416

Mint Statistics: Stronger first-quarter bullion sales for 2019 vs. 2018

With the first quarter drawing to a close, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at sales in the first quarter to 2019 as compared to the same time period in 2018. The first thing to stand out is the underperformance of the 2019 gold proof as compared with 2019.
Overall, total sales of all options offered are down about 3,500 coins, or 26%

Continue reading on Numismatic News

CMAG-0312

Spotty appreciation at top of the food chain

Minor-denomination coins are usually the realm of the specialist. Prices for these areas remain primarily dormant, with some modest reductions in value. Having said that, those same coins that are certified to be at the top of the food chain are showing what I would term “spotty” areas of appreciation, suggesting the major interest in these areas is focused at the top

Continue reading on Numismatic News

CommunityVoice0205-300x234

Community Voice Responses (February 5, 2019)

From the Jan. 11 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Should the Mint abolish proof sets and sell all proof coins individually?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
I would surely hope they wouldn’t do away with the proof set! I love the look when the package is all nice and neat, and the group together wouldn’t just be the same split up with no offering for a complete set

Continue reading on Numismatic News

Q&A: What separates Proof sets from Mint sets?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: What are Proof coins and sets?
A: The term “Proof” refers to the method of manufacturing a coin, not to its condition. Originally, Proof coins were struck for presentation, souvenir, exhibition, and display purposes

Continue reading on Coin Update News

Modern US Coins – Proof Coinage Resumes: 1950-1964

By Thomas Daniel Bowers Jr. ….. The term “Proof coin” during the years 1950 through 1964 refers to the manufacturing method used to produce coins whereby the coins are struck using polished dies and planchets. Starting in 1850, only individual/single Proof coins, were produced upon a request to the U.S. Mint – and the requester […]

The post Modern US Coins – Proof Coinage Resumes: 1950-1964 appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

Rare English Proof Sets in Long Beach Tyrant Collection Exhibit

Among the numismatic treasures that will be featured in the upcoming inaugural exhibit of rarities from the privately owned Tyrant Collection (www.TheTyrantCollection.com) will be the largest display of English proof sets ever presented in the United States, including the complete proof set of 1746, the first ever struck as a set by The Royal Mint. […]

The post Rare English Proof Sets in Long Beach Tyrant Collection Exhibit appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

The great coin swap: Get wise about online buys

I am so discouraged by unethical practices on eBay, Proxibid, Hibid.com and other Internet venues that I am going to disclose a trick here that should discourage anyone from overbidding anymore on “unopened” Mint and Proof sets

Continue reading on Coin Update News

U.S. Mint to Offer 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Jan. 23

Sales will open for the 2018 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set ™ (product code 18AP) on January 23, 2018, at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year’s set–priced at $15.95–consists of five proof-finish America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins that honor Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National […]

The post U.S. Mint to Offer 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Jan. 23 appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Proof coinage has been a fixture in American numismatics since the 19th century and a regular hobby staple since 1936, when the United States Mint offered the first modern proof sets after a two-decade hiatus. There was also a three-year intermission between 1965 and 1967, when a nationwide coin […]

The post US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Proof coinage has been a fixture in American numismatics since the 19th century and a regular hobby staple since 1936, when the United States Mint offered the first modern proof sets after a two-decade hiatus. There was also a three-year intermission between 1965 and 1967, when a nationwide […]

The post US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

2017 U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Available Jan. 5

Sales will open for the 2017 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ (product code 17AP) on January 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The five proof-finish quarters in this set have reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (IA), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (DC), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO), Ellis Island […]

The post 2017 U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Available Jan. 5 appeared first on CoinWeek.

Continue Reading on CoinWeek

US-Mint-2014-Limited-Edition-Silver-Proof-Set

2016 Limited Edition Silver Proof Sets: Attractive to the Eye, but Maybe Not the Wallet

On November 25, the Mint will release the 2016 Limited Edition Silver Proof Sets. For clues to the specifics and sales performance of the sets, Mint News Blog takes a look at the past performances of earlier Limited Edition Silver Proof Sets, which debuted in 2012

Continue reading on Mint News Blog