The US Mint did not produce any coins with a mintmark from 1965-1967. Silver was also removed from coins during this time, and proof sets and mint sets were not produced either. It wasn’t until 1968 that mintmarks, proof sets, and mint sets returned to normal. See why 1965 coins, 1966 coins, and 1967 coins are different, and what’s so unique about 1968 coins.
Typically, Proof Sets contain one example of the cent, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar produced in a given year -- in the finest quality. Proof coins are specially treated and struck twice in order to create an exceptional finish (a frosted, raised foreground and a shiny, mirror-like background). Proof coins have been made since as early as 1821 -- however, they have only been offered in sets since 1950. Proof versions of a few recent commemorative coins (like American Eagle bullion coins and 1999 Susan B. Anthony dollar coins) have been offered individually. Proof Sets are more expensive and more valuable than Mint Sets.
How much is a 1999 New Jersey quarter worth? If it has errors, it’s worth thousands of dollars! See the value of your New Jersey state quarter here.
1968 no-S proof dimes are worth thousands of dollars! Have a 1968 dime with no “S” mintmark? Here’s how to tell a rare 1968 dime from a normal one and what your dime is worth.
A DMPL Morgan dollar is an uncirculated Morgan silver dollar with mirrored surfaces — which look much like those of a proof coin. Hence the acronym DMPL for ‘deep mirror prooflike’! See how DMPL Morgan dollars are different from ‘prooflike’ and ‘semi-prooflike’ Morgan silver dollars… and how much they’re worth!
The 1979 proof set is the first to feature the Susan B. Anthony dollar. 1979 is also also the year of 2 different types of proof sets — because the U.S. Mint changed the appearance of the ‘S’ mintmark on the coins in the proof set. One is called a 1979 proof set Type 1. The other is called a 1979 proof set Type 2. Here you can find out which one you have and how much it’s worth!
A really fun idea is to assemble a Birth Year Coin Set or a Conception Year Coin Set. It’s a collection of coins that were struck during the year of one’s birth or the year of one’s conception. The idea is to pick out of pocket change an example of each coin you find that was struck the year you (or someone you love) was born — or conceived. This is a simple DIY project for all skill levels — whether you officially collect coins or not! Here are some clever ideas for making coin sets by year — including Birth Year Coin Sets and Conception Year Coin Sets.
The U.S. Mint’s state quarter program began in 1999 and continued through 2008. In all, 50 statehood quarters were made — one for each state in the United States. They were released into circulation in the order that the statehoods came into existence. Here’s the official list of all 50 state quarters and their release dates. Plus, everything you need to know about collecting the 50 state quarters, and fun ways to save state quarters that you probably haven’t thought of!
The 1981 proof set attracts much coin collector attention because the proof sets that year were produced in 2 different varieties: Type 1 is common, Type 2 is considerably scarcer and much more valuable! Here’s how to tell the difference, and the value of 1981 proof sets.
Do you have any old dimes? Do you happen to have a 1975 Roosevelt dime without a mintmark? (So there’s no tiny “S” or tiny “P” on your 1975 dime?) See what makes this rare dime valuable and how you can find similar rare dimes.
What are impaired proof coins? What makes them different from regular proof coins? Is it a good idea to collect impaired proof coins? Here’s the scoop!
Trying to find the perfect coin gift for someone? These 5 coin gift ideas are sure to please even the non-numismatists in your life.
There’s plenty of variety for coin collectors with 2011 United States proof sets.
Handling an estate collection of coins can be a difficult task, but these 5 tips may help make that daunting task much easier.
Find out 10 coin terms you’ve got to know to succeed in coin collecting.
There are many fun ways to collect United States proof sets.
A proof Roosevelt dime set makes an excellent coin collection that is cheap, easy, and fun to put together!
Don’t fall for this coin misnomer about ‘S’ mintmarks on proof coins…
The 1964 proof set is the first to contain the Kennedy half dollar and the last until the 1990s to have 90% silver versions of the dime, quarter, and half dollar.
The 1936 proof set was the first modern United States proof set.
The 1955 proof set is the first United States proof set to come in a flat cellophane package.
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The 1950 proof set was the first proof set made by the U.S. Mint since 1942. Featuring silver coins and the now-obsolete Lincoln wheat cent, the 1950 proof set is a popular coin set among coin collectors.
The Boy Scouts commemorative dollar is very popular. So popular, in fact, that the U.S. Mint has already sold all of the uncirculated versions of the coin!
Mint sets and proof sets may seem to have some similarities, but these two types of mint coin sets are actually quite different from each other. Find out more about the differences between mint sets and proof sets.
In all, there are 20 different Lincoln cents available for 2009. Of course, you will not find all these in circulation as the copper, satin-finish coins and the proof coins are all in collector’s sets. Here’s the scoop about 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Proof Sets.