2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint producing mint set. To commemorate the anniversary, a reverse proof set will be minted for the first time.
The First Reverse Proof Set
As I stated earlier, the 2018 Reverse Proof Set will be the first of its kind and collectors will see the first reverse proof Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, and Washington Quarters. We get to see mirror like Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson for the first time. Another plus to this set is that the Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar and all 5 America the Beautiful Quarters will contain 90% silver. This proof set will be offered by the US Mint on July 23, 2018 at noon for the price of $54.95. The maximum number of proof sets expected to be minted is 200,000.
Though proof coins were minted since the 1800s, the US Mint didn’t start producing proof sets until 1950. Back then, the set included five coins from the Philadelphia mint, a Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter and Franklin Half Dollar. These sets were intended for collectors to give them a better quality coin than what was normally seen in circulation. Proof Sets would be minted in Philadelphia until 1964. Between 1965 and 1967, Special Mint Sets were released in place of Mint and Proof Sets.
By 1968, Proof Sets would return, but would be minted in San Francisco where they continue to be minted today. The clad proof set would include the cent through the half dollar between 1968 and 1972. The Eisenhower Dollar was added between 1973 and 1978 and the Susan B Anthony Dollar would be added from 1979 to 1981. The 5 coin set would return in 1982 through 1998. The 5 clad state quarters were added in 1999 as well as the Sacagawea Dollar in 2000. The State Quarters would be replaced by the US Territorial Quarters in 2009 and the America the Beautiful Quarters in 2010.
The San Francisco Mint also produced special proof sets. A 40% Silver Bicentennial Proof Set was released in 1976 and included the Washington Quarter, Kennedy Half Dollar and Eisenhower Dollar. Premier Sets were released between 1983 and 1998. Besides the cent through half dollar, there would be a Commemorative dollar and half dollar (if minted) included. A silver version of these Premier Sets would be minted between 1992 and 1998. Silver Proof Sets started coming out in 1992 and are still minted today. Statehood quarters would be included in clad and proof sets as well as a standalone set between 1999 and 2008. Presidential Dollar Proof Sets would be minted between 2007 and 2016. 2009 would see the 6 US Territorial Quarters Proof Set as well as the 4 piece Lincoln Bicentennial set.
Reverse Proof coins are the opposite of the regular Proof coins. The Reverse Proofs have a frosty background and mirror like detail. The design makes it look like a completely different coin
The United States started minting reverse proof coins in 2006 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle Dollar. Since then there have been around a dozen other reverse proof coins minted in either San Francisco, West Point or Philadelphia. These include the 2013-W American Buffalo Gold $50 coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Buffalo Nickel, the 2014-W Kennedy Half Dollar celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Half Dollar and the 2015-P Roosevelt Dime celebrating the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes.
Would You Buy The First Reverse Proof Set?
I don’t know about you, but I love the look of Reverse Proof coins. So far, I have a Reverse Proof Kennedy Half Dollar and American Eagle Dollar and I think they are both beautiful. I did purchase the Enhanced Proof Set in 2017 and think this set would be nice to get as well. Also, it will be a silver proof set. So, how could I say no to this set.
How about you? Would you consider buying this set? Who knows if they’ll do another Silver Reverse Proof Set after 2018. Even if they did, it would be nice to have the first one.