The End of an Era in U.S. Coinage: The Final "Eagle Reverse" Proof Sets (1984 to 1998)
Each year, the United States Mint releases several annual collections, the finest among these being the Official U.S. Proof Sets. The U.S. Mint Proof Set contains one of each coin for that year of issue, with each being a double struck, highly polished specimen. These coins are a collector's dream, and are quite simply the best of the best. In collecting, quality always wins... so it is a no brainer that proof sets are also the most popular U.S. issue released every year!
Of the coins in the U.S. Mint Proof Set – none were more popular than the quarters, especially after the introduction of the State Quarter Program in 1999. This led to the proof sets that were struck before this shift becoming known as “Eagle Reverse” Proof Sets among collectors – a reference to the original obverse design of the Washington Quarters!
Over the years these "Eagle Reverse" Proof Sets have become harder and harder to find – and in response to this we have put together a special collection containing the last 15 U.S Mint Proof Sets ever issued with the Washington Quarter!
That is right! Every proof set from the United States Mint from 1984 to 1998 with each still being in their original government packaging!
A Collection of Coins Fit for a King – The United States Proof Sets!
Proof coins first started appearing in the middle of the 1800's, and were used as presentation pieces. One of the most famous sets ever struck is known as the "King of Siam" Proof Set... originally given as a diplomatic gift to the King of Siam in 1836, from then President Andrew Jackson. As a result, proof coins were considered the "Coins Fit for a King!”
The color purple is considered a color of luxury, and it is usually associated with immense wealth and royalty – so it was an absolute no-brainer when the time came to choose the color of the packaging for the U.S. Mints finest coins released each year: purple was the obvious choice!
These special Purple Proof Sets were struck from 1984 to 1993 --- after which they were replaced by a new, green, outer shell that was used from 1994 to 1998 when the Washington Quarter was discontinued and replaced with the State Quarter (which required another packaging design change to fit the five State Quarters released each year).
A Proof Set will include one of each denomination released into circulation during that year in stunning proof condition.