2016 Proof Set from San Francisco Mint Released

by Darrin Lee Unser on April 1, 2016 · 5 comments

Launching at noon ET today, April 1, is this year’s edition of one of the U.S. Mint’s most popular annual numismatic products, the 2016 Proof Set.

2016 United States Mint Proof Set

The 2016 Proof Set — lenses, coins and packaging

This set includes thirteen clad coins in collector proof finish, so they showcase frosted designs against mirror-like backgrounds. All of them are made at the San Francisco Mint and bear ‘S’ mintmarks.

Regular coins for circulation come from U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver and have their ‘P’ and ‘D’ mintmarks. And while coins of the proof set are composed of the same base metals as their circulating counterparts, they are struck multiple times using polished dies and hand-polished blanks to produce more shine and a sharper level of detail.

Contents of 2016 Proof Set

The thirteen coins of this year’s proof set include:

  • 2016-S Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin
  • 2016-S Gerald R. Ford Presidential $1 Coin
  • 2016-S Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin
  • 2016-S Native American $1 Coin
  • 2016-S Kennedy Half-Dollar
  • 2016-S Shawnee National Forest Quarter (Illinois)
  • 2016-S Cumberland Gap National Historic Park Quarter (Kentucky)
  • 2016-S Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter (West Virginia)
  • 2016-S Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter (North Dakota)
  • 2016-S Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) Quarter (South Carolina)
  • 2016-S Roosevelt Dime
  • 2016-S Jefferson Nickel
  • 2016-S Lincoln Cent

Nine of them feature designs only issued in 2016, including the five America the Beautiful Quarters, the Native American $1 Coin and the final three Presidential $1 Coins (the dollar series is in its tenth and final year).

Coins of the set are not exclusive to it. For example, the quarters and Presidential dollars are also available separately in their own proof sets. The U.S. Mint earlier introduced the 2016 Presidential Proof Set for $17.95 and the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set for $14.95.

Photo of 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set and Packaging

Photo of the separately sold 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set

Photo of 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set

Photo of the separately sold 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set.

Packaging and Ordering Information

The proof coins are encased in three protective lenses. All three lenses ship in one carton with the front bearing an image of the Washington Monument at sunrise and the back offering photos of the five sites commemorated on the quarters along with portraits of the former presidents honored by the three Presidential dollars.

San Francisco Mint Farason robotics system

The San Francisco Mint’s Farason robotics system takes proof coins and places them in their lenses

San Francisco Mint Proof Set Packaging Machine

This photo shows a section of a packaging machine at the San Francisco Mint that places proof set lenses into cartons

2016 Proof Sets may be ordered from the U.S. Mint’s online store, located here, or by calling toll-free at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The set is priced at $31.95 and includes a certificate of authenticity.

No household ordering or products limits have been established.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling April 1, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Darrin Lee Unser –

Minor typo, second to last paragraph has date as 2015.

It is sad that the e-mail from the U.S. Mint on this product calls the Lincoln cent a “penny.” And worse, on the packaging under the Lincoln cent photo it states “penny” also. So much for proper numismatic terminology for beginners!

-NumisDudeTX

Christopher Williams April 1, 2016 at 7:37 pm

@Seth–

+1

jerryinjersey April 2, 2016 at 8:20 am

The U.S. Mint screwed me with their shipping charges last year. After being a customer of the mint for fifty years, I will no longer buy ANY U.S. Mint products at all. Believe me, they will lose far more in profits than if they had acknowledged their error and refunded my overcharge.

jim April 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm

You gotta admit they haven’t changed their across the board doesn’t matter where to or how much product either value or quantity S&H since 2004.

John May 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm

I started after I got way -said to myself shit I have no thing for kids so I bought mostly 2015 silver and clad sets-looked at e-bay 85 pages of same needless to say we paid bill and cut the mint loose I tried as a dad…

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