1983 United States Proof Set

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1983-S Proof Set

The 1983-S Proof Set invites scrutiny, because of the possibility of finding an "S"-less Dime.

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

About the sets: All coins in the 1983-S Proof Set were intended to have a Cameo or Deep Cameo Finish.

An unknown number of 1983-S Dimes were struck without a mintmark. This error occurred just as it had in the past, when the Philadelphia Mint failed to add a mintmark to a Proof die prior to shipment to the San Francisco Mint. The exact mintage is unknown, nor has the Mint provided an estimated mintage. However, the life of a Proof die is about 3,000 – 3,500 coins, so it would be safe to say that less than 3,500 coins exist.

Mintage: 3,138,765 sets

Original packaging: In 1983, the Mint reverted to a packaging system very close to that of 1968. The coins of the 1983-S Proof Set were placed in individual holes in a black plastic insert, then sealed in a two-piece, clear plastic case. The case was then inserted into a protective outer cover, consisting of blue cardboard imprinted with the words: "United States Proof Set • 1983."

America in 1983

Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. The U.S. invaded Grenada to protect American students and eliminate a Cuban military presence.

The World in 1983

Terrorists bombed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Russia shot down a South Korean Airliner after the plane mistakenly ventured into Russian airspace.

Year of Issue 1983
Country United States
Composition Mixed Metal
Purity Mixed
Condition Proof
Denomination Varies
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name San Francisco - S
Coin Weight 31.07 Grams - g
Dimensions Various