Proof sets are one of the best ways to purchase crisp examples of U.S. coins. These proof sets, contain coins with burnished, mirror-like surfaces and are a favorite way for coin collectors to purchase high-quality coins straight from the U.S. Mint. The Presidential dollar proof sets are no exception.
Commemorative coins honor American people, places, events, and institutions. As defined by the U.S. Mint, commemorative coins are legal tender (however they are not minted for general circulation), they're produced in limited quantities, and they're available for only a limited amount of time. Since most people think of any coin that honors a person, place, or thing as a commemorative coin, we also include coins minted for circulation in this category. Some examples are the 50 States Quarters (1999-2008), Lincoln Bicentennial Pennies (2009), and America The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021). Here, coin experts share everything you need to know about collecting U.S. commemorative coins.
The 50 State Quarters program was so popular early on — and has remained so — that far more people than the number of 50 states quarters proof sets available were clamoring for these popular coins. See what 50 state quarters proof sets are worth today, and whether they’re likely to hold their value or not.
Hundreds of millions of Bicentennial coins were struck during 1975 and 1976 — both in the regular copper-nickel clads for circulation and in a 40% silver clad composition for collectors. The silver Bicentennial coins were sold in mint sets and proof sets. These mint sets and proof sets were first sold in 1975 and remained mint offerings into the mid-1980s. The U.S. Mint wound up melting millions of unsold silver Bicentennial coins.
Some novelty coins were made to commemorate or celebrate something, however, they were not made by the U.S. mint — so they are not actually true commemorative coins. Two examples are the Lincoln-JFK penny and the Liberty Bell penny. Here’s more info about each, including what they’re worth.
Presidential Dollar coins were struck from 2007 to 2016. Each $1 coin features the face of a former U.S. president. Four coins came out each year until all former presidents (non-living) were minted on these golden-colored U.S. $1 coins. Another related presidential coin set called the First Spouse gold coins program ran from 2007 to 2016, as well. These $10 gold coins were released concurrently — at the same time as their husband’s President coin.
A lot of people want to know what their nickels are worth. This article covers the Westward Journey nickels. Then, I will go over Jefferson, buffalo, Liberty, and shield nickels later.
Wondering what the value is of a Lincoln-Kennedy Penny? Here’s a little about the commemorative Kennedy-Lincoln penny, including some of the similarities — and differences — between President Kennedy and President Lincoln.