The Constitution's Very Own Proof Set! 1987's Prestige Proof Set
Today is a very special day in the history of these United States: it is the day our constitution was ratified by Congress! The Constitution is the very bedrock of our country and it outlines the unalienable rights and civil liberties that all American citizens are guaranteed in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave! The document bears the signatures of our greatest Founding Fathers: George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin!
In honor of the 235th anniversary of this special piece of legislation, we decided to bring to you the collector-favorite 1987 Prestige Proof Set featuring the iconic Constitution Proof Silver Dollar!
An Important Piece of U.S. History Immortalized in Silver
These special silver dollars were struck in 1987 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States. Each of these silver dollars were struck from 1 oz. of .900 silver and created in both Proof and Uncirculated condition at the San Francisco and Philadelphia Mints respectively.
These constitution silver dollars have an obverse design depicting a sheet of parchment and a quill pen, with the words “We The People” placed beneath prominently. The outside of the obverse design features the inscriptions “The U.S. Constitutions 200th Anniversary”, “Liberty” , “In God We Trust”, and the dates “1787” & “1987”. The reverse design of this special silver dollar features 13 diverse individuals intended to represent the 13 different colonies and their diverse people. Inscriptions of “E Pluribus Unum”, “Dollar”, and “United States of America” surround this stunning formation.
The Prestige Proof Set -- 1987's Finest and Rarest!
For a short period of time, mid 80s to mid 90s, the U.S. Mint made an extremely limited collector’s edition special release proof set known as the Prestige Proof Set. It was a jumbo set including the regular proof coins (cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half) with the addition of the special issue half dollars and 90% silver dollars released during the year. To make the perfect package, the set was issued in a deluxe album and box display that collectors LOVE!
The Prestige Proof Set was released annually in minuscule numbers – making them the rarest proof set of the year. Regular issue proof sets made during this period had between 2.5 to 3 million sets released each year, while the Prestige Proof Set typically struck less than 500,000!
The 1987 Constitution Prestige Proof Set had a total mintage of just 435,495 sets! (compare that number to the 3,792,233 regular proof sets they struck!)
That means that this Prestige Proof set was almost 9 times rarer than it’s regular issue counterpart! Now, THAT is rare!