2021 U.S. Mint Proof Set

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Coins used in daily commerce are often taken for granted. Their beauty, historical significance, or otherwise noteworthy attributes are typically lost on those who use them for vending machines, washing machines, or other mundane exchanges. Proof Sets give the coins their due and are often the cornerstones of collections. 

Annual United States Mint Proof Sets include proof examples of each of the coins struck for circulation. Struck on specially selected, highly polished planchets, these clad coins have sharper detail.

The U.S. Mint has recently revealed what will be included in their 2021 Proof sets, it will contain seven coins including a Lincoln Cent, a Jefferson Nickel, a Roosevelt Dime, examples of the America the Beautiful Quarters issued in a given year (just one is being released in 2021!), a Kennedy Half Dollar, and a Sacagawea Dollar. The 2021 Proof set will also include a Washington Quarter that features a reverse design of Washington Crossing the Delaware River, which is the design the Mint will begin issuing into circulation following the conlcusion of the America the Beautiful program. 

 

A Brief History of the United States Mint Proof Set

United States Mint Sets were first issued in 1936 in response to collector demand. Sets issued through 1972 included a half dollar, a quarter, a dime, a nickel, and a penny. Proof sets were not struck from 1965-1967 when the U.S. Mint produced special Mint Sets in their stead. A dollar coin was added in 1973, only to be removed in 1982. With the introduction of coins from the State Quarters Program, sets expanded considerably in 1999. Consisting of 18 coins, the 2009 set is the largest to date.

2021 U.S. Mint Proof Set Designs

 Collectors will be familiar with most of the designs that appear on the seven coins in this Proof Set. Each coin’s obverse bears a portrait of the person for whom it is named, as the America the Beautiful Quarter is also a Washington Quarter. The Sacagawea Dollar obverse also includes her son, Jean-Baptiste, whom Sacagawea carries on her back. The reverses of four coins should all bear their traditional designs, including the Lincoln Memorial (penny), Monticello (nickel), a torch between two branches (dime), and a modified Presidential Seal (half dollar).

Three coins in the set will bear new designs. Alabama’s entry in the America the Beautiful Series features the Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site. The image shows a pilot putting on his flight cap as two P-51 Mustangs fly overhead. The Sacagawea Dollar’s reverse will bear a one-year-only design that honors the service of Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces. The third new design is another Washington quarter, this time featuring a reverse design of General George Washington Crossing the Deleware River.

 

Thise set will include one of each of the following:

  • Kennedy half dollar
  • Roosevelt dime
  •  Jefferson nickel
  • Lincoln penny
  • Final ATB quarter featuring the Tuskegee Airmen
  • George Washington Crossing the Delaware River quarter
  • Native American $1 coin