After a 2-decade break of making proof coins, the U.S. Mint resumed making proof coins.
Featuring mirror-like surfaces, the coins in the 1936 proof set resemble the type of high quality we have come to expect from the U.S. Mint.
The 1936 proof set features:
- Lincoln wheat cent
- Buffalo nickel
- Mercury dime
- Washington quarter
- Walking Liberty half dollar
What a neat variety of designs, huh? That’s a selection straight out of the golden era of 20th-century coin designs, if you ask me.
A 1936 proof set cost just $1.89 to buy directly from the U.S. Mint back in the day. Not so anymore… That same 1936 proof set is valued at over $7,000 today!
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