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Proof Set Values: U.S. Valuable Proof Sets You Should Be Checking

Updated 18 Jan, 2024 •reading-time 6-8'
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Coleccionistasdemonedas.com has rated as the most valuable U.S. proof sets:

# Year Value Lesser Grade Higher Grade
1 1936 Proof Set $ 35,250 PR66+ PR67
2 1939 Proof Set $ 10,800 PR65 PR68+
3 1937 Proof Set $ 10,200 PR65 PR68
4 1990 Proof Set no “S” cent $ 8,265 —- —-
5 1968 Proof Set no “S” Roosevelt Dime $ 6,325 PR66 PR66
List of Proof sets values ordered by amount. Source: Coleccionistasdemonedas.com

 

Although U.S. proof sets were initially produced by the United States Mint in the 19th century, it wasn’t until 1936 that proof sets, as we recognize them today, began to be sold and marketed to the general public. Furthermore, they have been continuously produced up to the present day.

These sets encompass a proof-quality specimen of each denomination minted in a given year, with values ranging from 1 cent to half a dollar. Some proof sets also incorporate the 1-dollar denomination when it has been a part of that year’s coin production.

Key Takeaways about Proof set values

  • If we are looking for values belonging to the proof sets of the early years, it is best to try to get them in their original cellophane packaging, as they are very scarce.
  • Among the variants of the proof sets, the most valuable are those with some values without the San Francisco mint mark (S), and from 1968 onwards.
  • Check all the coins are uncirculated, without signs of use, handling without gloves, or opening the case. Thus providing added value to the proof set.
  • It is always best to buy or sell the mint sets as completely as possible, with all the values, original packaging, original documents, and the certificate of authenticity (COA).
  • Should i sell my proof sets? If any of the values of the proof set are found separately, it will always be more valuable if the half-dollar denomination is of a higher grade (PR68-PR68+).

The origin of these United States proof sets lies in the demand of coin collectors to have a proof sample of all the monetary values that were going to be put into circulation that same year.
Normally, between 1936 and 1951, proof sets were not sold completely in their case as we know them today, but each value was presented and sold separately, in a somewhat precarious presentation.

What coins are proofs?

Proof coins are specially made using polished dies and planchets (blanks) made of carefully selected and prepared planchets. The dies are treated with special chemicals to give them a mirror-like finish, while the planchets are also polished to create a smooth, reflective surface. The striking process for proof coins is done slower and with more significant pressure to make a sharper, more detailed image.
They are usually produced for coin collectors, distinguished from regular coins by their exceptional quality and beauty. They often feature frosted, raised design elements that contrast with the mirror-like background field and are struck multiple times to ensure superb detail and clarity.
These pieces are typically sold in unique sets or individually. They are often more expensive than their regular counterparts due to the extra effort and care that goes into their production.

Preserving your coins

In these early years, the values were preserved in cellophane envelopes, and each value was stapled in cardboard as a presentation. That is why it is common to find pieces from the early years with traces of adhesive, plastic, or paper stuck to them.
Due to certain factors, finding these early years’ values in their original packaging is becoming increasingly challenging. The passage of time causes the original presentation package to wear out, separating the set for a deal that interests a coin collector, sending the pieces to a TGP company for grading, etc.
Here we show an example of the 1936 United States proof set with its six values, from 1 cent to half a dollar, encapsulated as a set by NGC in preservations ranging from PR64 to PR67 in packaging made for the occasion by NGC:

1936 Proof set. Source: Ebay

Until 1968 the proof set coins were minted in Philadelphia, but in that year, production was moved to the San Francisco mint, easily recognizable by the appearance of the “S” mint mark on the coins.
Some proof coins are in high demand and have valuations well above the average price of the standard proof set. For example, we have very scarce sets, such as 1936, others made without the San Francisco mint mark or certain silver proof sets.

How much are U.S. Mint proof sets worth?

Are coin sets worth anything? Let’s see which are the five sets that have had the highest value in the market in the last years. Here’s an updated and fact-checked list of proof set values.

1. 1936 Proof Set – $ 35,250

We begin our list with 1936, the first year that U.S. Mint struck proof sets. Despite being the most frequent year in auction houses and sales, it is also the most valued by collectors.
The highest price ever paid for a 1936 proof set was reached in April 2015 in a lot of 5 values encapsulated separately by NGC and graded between PR66+ and PR67. The final price was $35,250.

1936 Proof set. Source: Coleccionistasdemonedas.com

According to the auction house, the coins of this valuable and rare proof set had all remained together.

Another 1936 proof set was auctioned in January 2017 at $17,625. The five values were also graded by NGC individually between PR66 (4 of the five values) and PR68 for the nickel.

Also, NGC individually graded another lot of 1936 proof set in April 2012 that sold for $14,950 with grades between PR65 and PR67.

In this ranking of auctions of 1936, the first one graded by PCGS that we found is the one auctioned in January 2004 that sold for $13,800 with the five individually graded values between PR65 and PR66 (Source).

We continue with the NGC gradings for a 1936 proof set sold for $13,225 in 2010 with gradings of the five values between PR65 and PR67.

In November 2014, HA lot number 4237, graded by NGC in the individual long 5-value case with gradations from PR64 to PR67, was auctioned for $9,987.50. As a curiosity, it is rare to see at auction this type of long encapsulation with all five values together and graduations on the label.

We have left out showing more values of the 1936 proof set so as not to make the information repetitive, as this is a very common proof set in sales and auctions.
We will only say that this is a proof set that continues to appear in auctions at lower prices than those shown above, depending on the grades received for the group of its five values: PR67, PR66, PR65,…

2. 1939 Proof Set – $10,800

According to PCGS, the 1939 proof set is valued at $1,300, but in July of 2022, Heritage sold one for $10,800. This price gives us a good idea of the current valuations and demand for early sets.

These are the five values graded by NGC in individual capsules, with correlative numbers and grades between PR65 and PR68+ (this final grade corresponds to the half dollar).

3. 1937 Proof Set – $10,200

The second date of presentation of the proof sets is also highly sought after and in demand. Recently in October 2021, a 1937 proof set of 5 individually graded values by PCGS between PR65 and PR68 went for $10,200 (Source).
In September 2015, a 1937 proof set with NGC gradations somewhat lower than the previous example (between PR66 and PR67) fetched $8,225.

4. 1990 Proof Set no “S” cent – $8,265

Several things strike us about this set sold for $8,265 in November 2004. It is the original set, so all five values are together and UNCERTIFIED. However, the auction house indeed gives the 1 cent denomination a PR69 Red Depp Cameo, being the star of the set as it is the 1 cent without the San Francisco “S” mint mark, and the rest of the values PR69 Deep Cameo.

1990 Proof set no S cent. Source: American Numismatic Association


The key to the valuation of this set is the 1C without mintmark. The reason is that the 1990-S proof set with the mintmarks values has a much lower valuation: it can be obtained for $20.
It appears that the Philadelphia mint, who made the dies for the San Francisco mint, forgot to include the mintmark “S” punch on the obverse of the 1C value. Subsequently, the Mint produced 3,500 units of the 1C with this error. How many of them ended up in the 1990 proof set is still being determined (Source).

5. 1968 Proof Set no “S” Roosevelt Dime – $6,325

1968 Proof set no S Roosevelt Dime. Source: UCoin

1968 was the first year that the San Francisco Mint made sets, always with dies manufactured at the Philadelphia mint.
In October 2001, this rare 1968 proof set was auctioned with the famous Roosevelt Dime error without the hard-to-find San Francisco “S” mint mark. All five values were graded PR66 and priced at $6,325.

List of Proof sets by year

As you can see in this list, the value of the proof set depends on the year of issue and its state of preservation. Although most of them are less than 200 dollars, other series much more sought after by collectors reach much higher prices.

Date Variety Mintage (units) Mint Condition Value (PR65)
1936 P   3,837 8,52
1937 P   5,542 4,761
1938 P   8,045 2,278
1939 P   8,795 2,059
1940 P   11,246 1,713
1941 P   15,287 1,713
1942 P 6 Coins – Both Nickels 21,120 1,655
1942 P 5 Coins – One Nickel N/A 1,459
1950 P   51,386 658
1951 P   57,500 752
1952 P   81,980 285
1953 P   128,800 256
1954 P   233,300 131
1955 P Box 378,200 121
1955 P Flat Pack N/A 140
1956 P   669,384 63
1957 P   1,247,952 36
1958 P   875,652 45
1959 P   1,149,291 39
1960 P Large Date on Cent 1,691,602 36
1960 P Small Date on Cent N/A 42
1961 P   3,028,244 34
1962 P   3,218,019 34
1963 P   3,075,645 34
1964 P   3,950,762 34
1968 S   3,041,509 9.13
1968 S No S Mint Mark on Dime N/A 18,331
1969 S   2,934,631 9.13
1970 S   2,632,810 11
1970 S Small Date on Cent N/A 94
1970 S No Mint Mark on Dime 2,200 1,028
1971 S   3,220,733 6.65
1971 S No Mint Mark on Nickel 1,655 1,593
1972 S   3,260,996 6.65
1973 S   2,760,339 10
1974 S   2,612,568 13
1975 S With 1976 Quarter Half and Dollar 2,845,450 11
1975 S No Mint Mark on Dime N/A 309,316
1976 S Silver Clad – 3 Coin Set 3,998,621 35
1976 S   4,149,730 10
1977 S   3,251,152 10
1978 S   3,127,781 9.14
1979 S Type 1 – Filled S 3,677,175 9.14
1979 S Type 2 – Clear S N/A 94
1980 S   3,554,806 7.88
1981 S Type 1 – Filled S 4,063,083 7.88
1981 S Type 2 – Clear S N/A 343
1982 S   3,857,479 5.70
1983 S   3,138,765 5.70
1983 S Prestige Set – Olympic Dollar 140,361 55
1983 S No Mint Mark on Dime N/A 910
1984 S   2,748,430 6.65
1984 S Prestige Set – Olympic Dollar 316,680 51
1985 S   3,362,821 6.65
1986 S Prestige Set – Statue of Liberty Half and Dollar 599,317 45
1986 S   2,411,180 6.65
1987 S   3,972,233 5.70
1987 S Prestige Set – Constitution Dollar 435,495 42
1988 S   3,031,287 7.88
1988 S Prestige Set – Olympic Dollar 231,661 51
1989 S   3,009,107 7.88
1989 S Prestige Set – Congressional Half and Dollar 211,087 52
1990 S   2,793,433 7.88
1990 S No Mint Mark on Penny 3,555 5,845
1990 S Prestige Set – Eisenhower Dollar 506,126 51
1990 S Prestige Set – No Mint Mark on Penny N/A 6,231
1991 S   2,610,833 7.88
1991 S Prestige Set – Mount Rushmore Half and Dollar 256,954 55
1992 S   2,675,618 6.65
1992 S Prestige Set – Olympic Half and Dollar 183,285 55
1992 S Silver 1,009,586 31
1992 S Silver Premier 308,055 36
1993 S   2,409,394 7.88
1993 S Prestige Set – Bill Of Rights James Madison Half and Dollar 224,045 67
1993 S Silver 570,213 39
1993 S Silver Premier 191,140 42
1994 S   2,308,701 7.88
1994 S Prestige Set – World Cup Half and Dollar 175,893 55
1994 S Silver 636,009 35
1994 S Silver Premier 149,320 39
1995 S   2,010,384 16
1995 S Prestige Set – Civil War Half and Dollar 107,112 102
1995 S Silver 549,878 55
1995 S Silver Premier 130,107 70
1996 S   1,695,244 10
1996 S Prestige Set – Olympic Half and Dollar 55,000 371
1996 S Silver 623,655 36
1996 S Silver Premier 151,366 36
1997 S   1,975,000 13
1997 S Prestige Set – Botanic Dollar 80,000 91
1997 S Silver 605,473 45
1997 S Silver Premier 136,205 48
1998 S   2,086,507 13
1998 S Silver 638,134 34
1998 S Silver Premier 240,658 34
1999 S 9 Piece Set 2,543,401 14
1999 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 1,169,958 9.14
1999 S Silver 9 Piece Set 804,565 148
2000 S 10 Piece Set 3,082,572 9.14
2000 S 5 Quarter Set 937,600 6.65
2000 S Silver 10 Piece Set 965,421 67
2001 S 10 Piece Set 2,294,909 20
2001 S 5 Quarter Set 799,231 13
2001 S Silver 10 Piece Set 889,697 74
2002 S 10 Piece Set 2,319,766 14
2002 S 5 Quarter Set 764,479 11
2002 S Silver 10 Piece Set 892,229 63
2003 S 10 Piece Set 2,172,684 13
2003 S 5 Quarter Set 1,235,832 6.65
2003 S Silver 10 Piece Set 1,125,755 55
2004 S 11 Piece Set 1,789,488 13
2004 S 5 Quarter Set 951,196 6.65
2004 S Silver 11 Piece Set 1,175,934 55
2004 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 593,852 39
2005 S 11 Piece Set 2,275,000 9.14
2005 S 5 Quarter Set 987,960 6.65
2005 S Silver 11 Piece Set 1,069,679 63
2005 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 608,970 39
2006 S 10 Piece Set 2,000,428 13
2006 S 5 Quarter Set 882,000 10
2006 S Silver 10 Piece Set 1,054,008 63
2006 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 531,000 48
2007 S 14 Piece Set 1,702,116 17
2007 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 672,662 10
2007 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 1,285,972 11
2007 S Silver 14 Piece Set 875,050 70
2007 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 672,662 38
2008 S 14 Piece Set 1,382,017 94
2008 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 672,438 55
2008 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 836,730 17
2008 S Silver 14 Piece Set 763,887 83
2008 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 429,021 51
2009 S 18 Piece Set 1,482,502 39
2009 S 6 Piece Quarter Set 630,976 17
2009 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 629,585 14
2009 S 4 Piece Lincoln Bicentennial Set 200,000 20
2009 S Silver 18 Piece Set 697,365 83
2009 S Silver 6 Piece Quarter Set 299,183 45
2010 S 14 Piece Set 1,103,815 83
2010 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 276,296 38
2010 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 535,397 23
2010 S Silver 14 Piece Set 585,401 83
2010 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 274,034 48
2011 S 14 Piece Set 1,098,835 83
2011 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 152,302 28
2011 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 299,853 34
2011 S Silver 14 Piece Set 574,175 102
2011 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 147,901 51
2012 S 14 Piece Set 794,002 107
2012 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 148,498 23
2012 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 249,265 67
2012 S Silver 14 Piece Set 395,443 198
2012 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 162,448 51
2012 S Silver 8 Piece Limited Edition Set 50,169 206
2013 S 14 Piece Set 802,460 39
2013 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 128,377 20
2013 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 266,677 26
2013 S Silver 14 Piece Set 419,720 64
2013 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 138,451 42
2013 S Silver 8 Piece Limited Edition Set 47,971 169
2014 S 14 Piece Set 714,661 39
2014 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 115,179 26
2014 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 229,415 33
2014 S Silver 14 Piece Set 429,529 102
2014 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 119,251 45
2014 S Silver 8 Piece Limited Edition Set 42,614 169
2015 S 14 Piece Set 662,934 39
2015 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 99,507 26
2015 S 4 Piece Presidential Set 222,068 33
2015 S Silver 14 Piece Set 387,460 102
2015 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 103,369 45
2016 S 13 Piece Set 595,219 39
2016 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 91,754 26
2016 S 3 Piece Presidential Set 231,580 33
2016 S Silver 13 Piece Set 369,874 102
2016 S Silver 8 Piece Limited Edition Set 49,647 169
2016 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 95,711 45
2017 S 10 Piece Set 568,686 39
2017 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 88,909 26
2017 S Silver 10 Piece Set 358,100 102
2017 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 89,632 160
2017 S Limited Edition Silver Proof Set 49,979 45
2018 S 10 Piece Set 517,053 39
2018 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 86,694 26
2018 S Silver 10 Piece Set 332,268 102
2018 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 79,300 45
2018 S Reverse Silver Proof 10 Piece Set 199,177 121
2018 S Limited Edition Silver Proof Set 49,480 169
2019 S 10 Piece Set 600,423 45
2019 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 78,929 39
2019 S Silver 10 Piece Set 412,508 26
2019 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 78,585 102
2019 S Limited Edition Silver Proof Set 48,417 160
2019 S American Innovation Dollar Proof Set 138,236 23
2020 S 10 Piece Set 465,080 45
2020 S 5 Piece Quarter Set 64,242 39
2020 S Silver 10 Piece Set 313,190 102
2020 S Silver 5 Piece Quarter Set 64,012 26
2020 S Limited Edition Silver Proof Set 49,995 160
2020 S American Innovation Dollar Proof Set 102,220 34
2021 S Proof Set 481,589 45
2021 S Silver Proof Set 274,630 102
2021 S Limited Edition Silver Proof Set 48,213 160
2021 S American Innovation Dollar Proof Set 71,084 28
2021 S American Innovation Dollar Reverse Proof Set 44,770 34
2022 S Proof Set N/A 45
2022 S Silver Proof Set N/A 102
2022 S Limited Edition Silver Proof Set N/A 160
2022 S American Women Quarters Proof Set N/A 39
2022 S American Women Quarters Silver Proof Set N/A 102
2022 S American Innovation Dollar Proof Set N/A 28
2022 S American Innovation Dollar Reverse Proof Set N/A 34
Proof sets by year. Source: Coinbooks

Remember that if you want to sell your proof set to a coin dealer, the price they will offer you will vary depending on the collection condition, the rarity, and the demand in the market.

As additional information, in addition to numismatic stores, auction houses, internet portals, and others, today you can purchase many years of proof sets on the United States Mint website.

1965 Uncirculated coin set value

A 1965-proof coin set is generally valued between $10 and $20. This set includes five coins:

  • A Kennedy half dollar
  • A Washington quarter
  • A Roosevelt dime
  • A Jefferson nickel
  • A Lincoln cent

All the coins in the set are struck in a specially-made proof finish, giving them a highly reflective, mirror-like surface. It’s worth noting that the Kennedy half dollar in the 1965 proof set was the first year of issue for this coin, which was introduced following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. This could make the 1965 proof set more desirable to collectors interested in commemorating this historic event.

However, some of them can reach much higher price. For example, a 1965 Special Mint Set MS certified by NGC in a MS67 grade, which achieved $99.95,  the highest value gained in 09/2021 at eBay (reference).

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