1981 United States Proof Set

1981 United States Proof Set
1981 United States Proof Set 1981 United States Proof Set 1981 United States Proof Set 1981 United States Proof Set
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1981-S Proof Set

The 1981-S Proof Set contained the last Susan B. Anthony Dollar ever issued in the Proof Set. However, the design was resurrected in 1999 for one more year, but never issued in Proof Sets or Mint Sets. Like the 1979-S Proof Set, the 1981-S is found with two types of mintmarks "Round Top and Plato (Flat) Top", with the "Plato (Flat) Top" variety being considerably more valuable than the Round Top.

Each set contained six coins: One example each of the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter, Kennedy Half Dollar, and Anthony Dollar.

About the sets: All coins in the 1981-S Proof Set were intended to have a Cameo or Deep Cameo Finish.

The coins in the 1981-S Proof Set come with two distinctly different mintmarks, known as Type 1 and Type 2. The Type 1 variety (or "Round Top" variety) is actually a worn version of the "Plato (Flat) Top" Type 2 variety of 1979, which had deteriorated by 1981. On the Type 2 variety, the mintmark is clearly defined, and the serifs are separated from the diagonal stroke of the "S". Of the two varieties, the Type 2 "Plato (Flat) Top S" is the more desirable. The most valuable 1981-S Proof Sets are those in which all of the coins are of the Plato (Flat) Top S variety; the value of partial sets drops dramatically, depending on the number of "Plato (Flat) Top S" coins in the set. The Dollar and Cent Type 2 carry the biggest premium.

Mintage: 4,063,083 sets

Original packaging: The coins of the 1981-S Proof Set were placed in individual holes in a red plastic insert, then sealed in a two-piece, clear plastic case. The clear plastic case containing the coins slid into a molded, black plastic frame, with the raised silver letters "UNITED STATES PROOF SET" for storage. For display purposes, the frame served as a base for the case containing the coins, which fit into a slot in the frame. A black card slipcase, imprinted in silver with the words: "United States Proof Set • 1981", protected both the case and the frame.

Year of Issue 1981
Country United States
Composition Mixed
A specially made coin distinguished by sharpness of detail and usually with a mirror-like surface. Proof refers to the method of manufacture and is not a condition. Proof coins are struck on specially-made planchets using polished dies. Proof coins are minted primarily for collectors and are not released for general circulation.
Denomination Varies
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name
San Francisco - S
Established in 1853 to strike coins from California’s newly-discovered vast reserves of gold, the San Francisco branch of the United States Mint is famous for the quality, lustrous Morgan Silver Dollars produced at "The Granite Lady" from 1878 to 1921. After moving to a new building in 1937, coin production at the San Francisco mint shut down in 1955. A shortage caused regular coin production to resume in 1965. While the mintage of circulating coins ceased in 1981, proof coins and commemoratives are still struck at the San Francisco Mint today.
Coin Weight Various
Dimensions Various
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