Between 2001 and 2014, I had done very little coin collecting. I went to a coin show to see what had been out since 2001. At one of the tables, I saw a 50th anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar
set from the US Mint. There was one from each mint, Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point and each one had a different finish. What caught my eye was the one from West Point. The finish was something I hadn’t seen before, a reverse proof.
Now the proof coins in Proof Sets had a frosty polish on the detail of the coin and a mirrored background. Like it says, the reverse proof is the opposite of regular proof with the background having a frosted finish and the details were mirrored. The first reverse proof was the 2006-W American Silver Eagle to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle Dollar.
Here is a current list of US Reverse Proof Coins:
- 2006-W American Silver Eagle Dollar (20th Anniversary – mintage 248,875)
- 2006-W Gold Eagle $50 (20th Anniversary – mintage 9,996)
- 2007-W Platinum Eagle $50 (10th Anniversary – mintage 19,583)
- 2011-P American Silver Eagle Dollar (mintage 99,882)
- 2012-S American Silver Eagle Dollar (75th Anniversary of new San Francisco mint building – mintage 281,792)
- 2013-W American Silver Eagle Dollar (75th Anniversary on West Point Depository – mintage 281,310)
- 2013-W American Buffalo Gold $50 (100th Anniversary of the Buffalo Nickel – mintage 47,836)
- 2014-W Kennedy Half Dollar (50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar – mintage 188,147)
- 2015-P Roosevelt Dime (75th Anniversary of March of Dimes – mintage 75,000)
- 2015-W Truman Presidential Dollar (mintage 17,000)
- 2015-W Eisenhower Presidential Dollar (mintage 17,000)
- 2015-W Kennedy Presidential Dollar (mintage 25,000)
- 2015-W Johnson Presidential Dollar (mintage 17,000)
They are also planning on releasing a reverse proof of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar in 2016. In 2018, the US Mint plans on releasing a reverse proof set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Proof Sets being minted in San Francisco.
Reverse proofs can be seen in places outside the US including Australia, Canada and the Isle of Man.
I think the reverse proofs are cool to look at after all the years we have had with regular proofs. Currently I only have two of them: the 2013-W American Eagle Silver Dollar and the 2014-W Kennedy Half Dollar. I love looking at both of them. I’d consider doing a reverse proof set, but I think the gold and platinum coins may be a bit difficult to include. Maybe just the silver and clad ones. It sounds like there will be a reverse proof set, but I wonder if they would do any beyond 2018? What do you think about reverse proofs? Do you like them more than the regular proofs?