There are various types of proof coins. Learn the difference between cameo proof coins and a deep cameo proof coins or DCAMs, as compared to regular proof 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.
The Lincoln Chronicles proof set will be released on October 15th. This will be a BIG deal. Since there are truly limited quantities of these coins, there is lots of hype surrounding the release of the Lincoln Chronicles Proof Set.
After 50 years, the Lincoln Memorial penny is no longer being minted. During the 50 years of the Lincoln Memorial cent (1959-2008), the U.S. Mint made millions of proof Lincoln Memorial cents. Here are tips for collecting Proof Lincoln Memorial pennies.
The U.S. Mint produced the 2009 Lincoln penny with 4 new designs on the reverse side of the coin. These Bicentennial Lincoln pennies honor the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Here is the history and facts about the third one released — 2009 Lincoln professional years penny.
In 2009, the U.S. Mint is issuing a fascinating variety and quantity of coins. Ranging from Lincoln bicentennial pennies to the 24 karat gold double eagle there is something for everyone in the 2009 United State Mint issue.
The proof sets for 2009 are the largest they have ever been. Each set has 18 coins and 4 lenses.
1950s proof set values vary from year to year as does mintage. Proof sets from 1950-1955 still in original boxes are becoming rare.
Novelty coins or exonumia are different things to different people. Some collect for sentimentality, others find historical interest. There are many reasons people collect novelty coins
There have been 3 different categories of silver proof sets by dates over the years from 1936 to the present. The U.S. Mint still producing silver proof sets. Here’s what you need to know…
The new Louis Braille Silver Dollar honors the inventor of the Braille reading system for the blind. The surcharges from this coin will go to the National Federation of the Blind.
The U.S. Mint produced the 2009 Lincoln penny with 4 new designs on the reverse side of the coin. These Bicentennial Lincoln pennies honor the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. See history and facts about the first one released — the 2009 Lincoln log cabin penny, honoring Lincoln’s birth and early childhood in Kentucky from the years 1809 to 1816.
The 1965 coins went through a number of changes, some of which are still in use today. Reduction of silver in the coins and leaving off mint marks were to discourage coin hoarding. Proof sets and mint sets were not produced for 3 years.
Following is a summary of the differences between mint coin sets and proof coin sets, including how to determine the value of a proof set or a mint set of coins.
Gift ideas that just about any budding coin collector would enjoy. And you don’t even need to leave your home to buy them because online shopping sites and coin dealers have all of these!
This is a comparison of coins found on the Home Shopping Network with the same coins obtained through a coin dealer. The point is to show beginner coin collectors that the Home Shopping Network may not be the best place to buy coins — at least if you’re trying to save money!
Even the scarcest of the Jefferson nickels are not at all cost-prohibitive for the average coin collector, making Jefferson nickels a very good coin collection to assemble for most anyone. Incredibly, Jefferson nickels can, on occasion, still be found in circulation!
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.
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.
Proof coins represent the finest, the very best, that any U.S. Mint has to offer. You see, proof doesn’t refer to a particular grade. Rather, proof refers to the result when a coin is manufactured in a special way. Proof coins vary greatly from their business strike — regular, circulation-quality — counterparts and they take a different path in the Mint.