The 1950 Proof Set Features Silver Coins & The Lincoln Wheat Cent

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1950-proof-set-public-domain-photo.png Collecting old proof sets is both challenging and rewarding.

Offering old silver coins that have been rising in value over recent years, buying proof sets from the 1950s and 1960s is one way to easily assemble a collection of old U.S. coins.

The 1950 U.S. proof set was the first proof set made by the U.S. Mint since 1942. With about 51,000 produced, the 1950 proof set offers these coins:

  • 1950 Lincoln wheat cent
  • 1950 Jefferson nickel
  • 1950 Roosevelt dime
  • 1950 Washington quarter
  • 1950 Franklin half dollar

When buying old coins, like those in the 1950 proof set, be sure you do your best to avoid buying coins that are discolored or have spots.

Old proof coins that have cameo devices (or frosted areas on the designs and lettering) are always desirable and worth more than those that don’t have frosted areas on the raised parts of the design.

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2 thoughts on “The 1950 Proof Set Features Silver Coins & The Lincoln Wheat Cent”

  1. I’ve never checked into collecting coins but have a bucket of coins I’m going through to get rid of. I wanted to know what I should look for basically, while going through them.

    • Thanks for your question. There are many coins that are worth more than face value, but a basic list of the types of coins you should definitely hang onto are:

      *All wheat-back Lincoln cents (Before 1959)
      *All nickels before 1960
      *Any dimes and quarters before 1965 (these are silver)
      *All half dollars before 1971 (these are silver)
      *Any coins that appear to have mistakes — such as doubled dates, doubled images, or missing parts of the design

      Again, this is a very basic list — if you find anything that matches any of these descriptions, please let us know. We’ll be happy to help you further!

      Have fun with the coin hunt!


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