2021-S U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set

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The Silver Proof Set is an annual tradition released by the United States Mint that allows collectors to add gorgeous proof versions of iconic circulating coin designs to their collection with one fell purchase. Traditionally, the set has included a Native American Dollar, a Kennedy Half Dollar, America the Beautiful Quarters, a Roosevelt Dime, a Jefferson Nickel, and a Lincoln Cent. The half dollar, the quarter, and the dime will be struck from .999 fine silver, while other coins will be struck from base metals. Each coin will bear the “S” mint mark of the San Francisco Mint.

History of the Series

The United States Mint released its first Silver Proof Set in 1976. It didn’t release another until 1992 when the set joined the mint’s annual product line. The 1976 set contained a Bicentennial quarter, half-dollar, and dollar coin struck from .400 fine silver. The 1992 edition included a dime, quarter, and half dollar struck from .900 fine silver, a penny, and a nickel struck from base metals. That remained the standard until 2000, when a dollar coin, also struck from base metals, was added. Over the years, the series has sometimes included multiple versions of the same denomination, as with Presidential Dollars and America the Beautiful Quarters. In 2019, the mint began striking the silver coins from .999 fine silver.

 2021-S Silver Proof Set Designs

The United States Mint recently revealed that seven coins will be included in the 2021-S Silver Proof Set including the final America the Beautiful quarter design honoring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. The Lincoln Cent, the Jefferson Nickel, the Roosevelt Dime, and the Kennedy Half Dollar will all feature their traditional designs, including portraits of the President for whom the coin is named on the obverse. The two coins of particular note are the final issue in the America the Beautiful (ATB) Series and the Sacagawea Half Dollar. Both have military themes.

The final issue in the ATB Series features the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American bombardiers, navigators, and pilots trained at Moton Field and two other sites near the Tuskegee Institute. The design shows an airman putting on his helmet as two plans fly low in the background. Inscriptions on the reverse include “TUSKEGEE AIRMEN,” “ALABAMA,” and “THEY FOUGHT TWO WARS.”

The Sacagawea dollar will feature its traditional obverse design in which the famous Native American holds her son, Jean-Baptiste, on her back. The reverse will bear a design that honors the service of Native Americans in the U.S. military.

A second Silver Proof quarter will be included in this set which features a design of General George Washington Crossing the Delaware River, which will start appearing on circulating coinage following the conclusion of the ATB series.

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When will the 2021-S Silver Proof Set be available?

The 2021-S Silver Proof Set will be available in April 2021.

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