Over the years tens of millions of proof sets and mint sets were sold by the U.S. Mint directly to Coin collectors and dealers. You can buy the current year sets directly from the U.S. Mint or you can buy and sell all these sets from your local coin dealer. These guides will tell you what you can expect a dealer to pay you for your sets and what is a fair price if you want to buy one.
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This article will give you the average price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer) for you to purchase a particular United States Proof Set and what it is worth (what you can expect a dealer to pay you) that was minted between 1936 and today. The chart includes the date and type of proof set followed by the original issue price that the Mint charged customers when they were first issued, the average retail price coin dealers are charging their customers and the average coin values based upon current market conditions.
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This guide lists average values and prices that you would expect to pay to a coin dealer to acquire or sell a U.S. Mint uncirculated mint set that was produced between 1947 and today. Information listed in the table includes the date and type of the mint set, the original issue price that the mint charged when they were first issued, the average retail price coin dealers are charging their customers and the average wholesale sell value.
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Overview and History of Mint Issued Collector Sets
The proof coins made by The United States Mint came as early as 1801. During the early days of the mint, collectors had to travel to the mint facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania In order to purchase these collector coins. These proof collector coins were available for a small premium over face value.
As time progressed, the mint would group together proof coins based on their metal composition. For example, a set of all gold or silver coins could be purchased together. Beginning in 1936 The United States Mint began selling one of each type of coin That was minted for general circulation.
In the early 1950s, the mint began packaging the coins in a clear flexible plastic sheet. Each coin was contained and a small pocket and heat sealed to protect it from the elements. From 1965 until 1967 the mint did not produce any Proof quality coins. Instead, they produced Special Mint Sets that were sold to the public since no proof sets were available.
Beginning in 1968 and continuing through today, the mint now packages their special collector coins in a rigid plastic housing known as a "lens". Early sets contained Examples of the only five coins made for circulation.Over the years different varieties of proof sets were made available For purchase to coin collectors.