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. 

These annual sets include proof examples of each of the coins struck for circulation. Struck on specially selected, highly polished planchets, these coins have sharper detail and mirror-like surfaces, enabling collectors to appreciate designs they may otherwise overlook.

While the United States Mint has not yet revealed the exact details of what will be included in the 2021 sets, traditionally Proof Sets have included 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.

This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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.

Tentative 2021 U.S. Mint Proof Set Designs

While the United States Mint has not yet revealed the exact details of what will be included in the 2021 Proof Sets, collectors will be familiar with ten of the designs that appear on the coins in this 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).

Two 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 design that honors the service of Native Americans in the United States armed forces.

In both 2019 and 2020, the United States Mint shook up the annual Proof and Mint Set releases by including the first-ever Lincoln Pennies and Jefferson Nickels that were struck at the West Point Mint and that bore its “W” mint mark. A different finish was released in the Proof, Mint, and Uncirculated sets both years. It remains unclear if this tradition will continue in 2021.

More information will be added to this page as it becomes available, so keep checking back to stay updated on the latest updates about the 2021 United States Mint Proof Set!

When will the 2021 U.S. Mint Proof Set be available?

The 2021 U.S. Mint Proof Set will be available in March of 2021. 

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