The End of the Silver Proof Set Era: Philadelphia’s Final Five 90% Silver
Each year, the United States Mint releases several annual collections, the finest among these being the Official U.S. Proof Sets. Each Proof set contains one of each coin for that year of issue, with each piece being a double struck, highly polished specimen that is often considered to be the finest examples of that years production. Not only are these collections often 2 to 3 times rarer than their U.S. Mint Set counterparts, but what many collectors have forgotten is that before 1964, each U.S. Mint proof set contained coins struck from 90% Silver!
We have put together a brand new collection of the last five 90% silver Proof Set issued by the San Francisco Mint from 1960 to 1964. This 5 pc. collection marks the end of an era, and also includes the last 4 Proof Franklin Half Dollars and the only 90% silver proof Kennedy to ever be featured in a regular U.S. Mint Proof set!
The ‘Mother Mint’s’ Final Five Silver Proof Sets!
Today, the #1 collector’s set released by the US Mint every year is the San Francisco Mint Proof Set. More people buy the US Proof set on a yearly basis than any other collectible released by the Mint. In fact, the San Francisco Proof Sets have become so popular that most have forgotten that originally the Philadelphia Mint produced all the U.S. Mint Proof sets! In 1964 the United States decided to pull 90% silver from circulation, which meant the five sets produced from 1960 to 1964 are the final five ever made by the Philadelphia Mint
Each Proof set in this collection contained three 90% Silver coins: The Dime, Quarter, and Half Dollar. Today these silver proof releases are some of the most sought after among collectors the world over!
Did you know? The 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar was the ONLY piece released for circulation in 90% silver with the special ‘accented hair’ design that was discontinued in 1965. This special design was brought back for the 2014 Special Release 50th anniversary Kennedy 4 pc. set!