United States Proof Sets are the absolute pinnacle of perfection featuring the U.S. Mint’s finest examples of that year’s circulating coin designs. Proof coins are struck from specially prepared dies and are lavished with much more care than regular circulation coins. Because of this time-consuming attention to detail, only a limited number of Proof Sets are struck each year. Most people never get a chance to even see these sets, much less own one. And among modern-era sets issued during the three-decade period between 1970 and 1999, two U.S. Proof Sets stand out as having the lowest mintages: 1996 and 1997.
Famous for its razor-sharp strikes and the spectacular eye appeal of its coins, the San Francisco Mint was the branch mint responsible for these stunning works of perfection. Each set features the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter and Kennedy Half Dollar — gleaming proof coins with extraordinary frosty devices and mirrored fields for an outstanding level of detail and shine.
We’ve secured a number of these low-mintage sets still housed in their original green government packaging and are making them available together in a two-set offering. You will never find a Proof coin in pocket change and the sets are available only to select collectors. If your collection is missing these low-mintage dates, these sets are for you!