Coin collectors are undoubtedly excited about the release of the 2017 silver proof sets, which the U.S. released this week.
While coins made for circulation haven’t had any silver content for decades, the proof sets include a dime, several quarters and a half dollar that are 90% silver. These coins are also proof coins, which are specially produced to offer a mirror-like shine.
The 2017 silver proof set includes the following coins:
- One Lincoln penny
- One Jefferson nickel
- One Roosevelt dime in 90% silver
- Five quarters in 90% silver from the Beautiful Quarters program, featuring Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa; Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC; Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri; Ellis Island in New Jersey; and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana.
- One Kennedy half dollar
- One Native American $1 coin
These coins are all proofs, and were all minted at the San Francisco mint. They will, of course, bear the “S” mint mark. The sets will be sealed in clear plastic lenses that make them easy to display but which will protect them from handling and the elements.
The set is available for sale at the U.S. Mint Website. You can also likely find it for sale at your local coin shop.
Proof coins have long been favored by collectors over circulation issue coins. These coins are especially made for the collector market and are intentionally limited in production, though not so limited that people cannot actually buy them.
Dies are chosen carefully in order to ensure that the coins struck will be exceptionally nice examples. The dies are also specially polished in order to give the newly minted coins a mirror-like finish that is never seen on coins minted for general circulation. Proof coins are usually minted in exceptionally small quantities and often provide a good investment.
As three of the coins in this particular set include silver, which is not used in the coins minted for general circulation, they’re even more desirable than the coins you’d find at your local bank.