2015 Silver Proof Set Photos and Starting Sales

by Mike Unser on May 20, 2015 · 1 comment

Last Thursday, May 14, the United States Mint released its 2015 Silver Proof Set for $53.95. This short article presents a photo overview of the silver set which scored four-day sales of 184,613 — the quickest start since the set from 2012.

2015 Silver Proof Set Photo

This photo of the 2015 Silver Proof Set shows everything that comes with it — the outer carton, the 14 proof coins in their three protective plastic lenses and a U.S. Mint certificate of authenticity.

Annually issued since 1992, these sets are popular with collectors as early sales of this year’s release show. Before getting to the photos, here’s a table of early and ending sales of sets since 2008:

2008 – 2015 Silver Proof Set Sales

Year Price Melt Value on Release Premium Above Melt on Release # of Coins Release Date Debut Sales Date Debut Sales Final Sales
2015 Set $53.95 $23.28 $30.67 14 May 14, 2015 May 17, 2015 184,613
2014 Set $53.95 $25.90 $28.05 14 April 29, 2014 May 4, 2014 183,520 420,816*
2013 Set $67.95 $31.70 $36.25 14 May 2, 2013 May 6, 2013 166,710 419,720
2012 Set $67.95 $36.64 $31.31 14 June 4, 2012 June 11, 2012 189,628 395,443
2011 Set $67.95 $35.73 $32.22 14 Jan. 25, 2011 Jan. 30, 2011 209,367 574,175
2010 Set $56.95 $25.57 $31.38 14 Aug. 26, 2010 Aug. 29, 2010 241,656 585,414
2009 Set $52.95 $19.99 $32.96 18 July 17, 2009 July 19, 2010 271,372 694,406
2008 Set $44.95 $17.46 $27.49 14 Aug. 26, 2008 Aug. 31, 2010 292,004 774,874

 

*The 2014 Silver Proof Set remains available. Its sales climbed 754 from a week ago to 420,816.

Similar to the U.S. Mint’s companion clad 2015 Proof Set that’s cheaper at $32.95, all 14 coins of the 2015 Silver Proof Set are produced at the San Francisco Mint and have the ‘S’ mint mark. Unlike the clad version, however, 7 of the 14 coins are minted in 90% silver. Sets have three protective lenses that hold the proof coins. Here are photos of a lens with the 2015 Native American $1 Coin, the 2015 Kennedy half-dollar, 2015 Roosevelt dime, 2015 Jefferson nickel and 2015 Lincoln cent. The half-dollar and dime are in 90% silver.

Obverses of 1c, 5c, 10c, 50c and $1 in 2015 Silver Proof Set

Obverse or heads side of the 1c, 5c, 10c, 50c and Native American $1

Reverses of 1c, 5c, 10c, 50c and $1 in 2015 Silver Proof Set

Reverse or tails side of the 1c, 5c, 10c, 50c and Native American $1

These next two photos show the set’s 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters, also in 90%. The coins commemorate Homestead National Monument of America Quarter in Nebraska, Kisatchie National Forest Quarter in Louisiana, Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter in North Carolina, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter in Delaware, and Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter in New York.

Quarters, Reverses, in 2015 Silver Proof Set

Reverses of the 2015 America the Beautiful Silver Quarters

Quarters, Obverses, in 2015 Silver Proof Set

Obverses of the 2015 America the Beautiful Silver Quarters

Then there is a lens with the clad 2015 Presidential $1 Coins depicting Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Presidential $1 Coins, Obverses, in 2015 Silver Proof Set

Obverses of the 2015 Presidential $1 Coins

Presidential $1 Coins, Reverses, in 2015 Silver Proof Set

Reverses of the 2015 Presidential $1 Coins

Proof sets ship with a certificate of authenticity. The back sides of certificates display specifications of the coins to include names of their designers and sculptors.

2015 Silver Proof Set Certificate of Authenticity

Certificate of Authenticity

2015 Silver Proof Set Coin Specifications

Silver Proof Set Specifications

Proof sets are available from the U.S. Mint’s website, found here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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David May 20, 2015 at 9:57 am

Thanks again Mike for writing these articles. Has anyone else noticed the trend that the silver proof set sales are holding up better than regular proof set sales? This is also true with the quarter only sets. With limited collector budgets it seems silver proofs are winning out. In general proof sets have been a bad investment lately, but maybe that is the best time to start.

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