U.S. Mint 2019 Silver Proof Set Purchase Includes Reverse Proof ‘W’ Cent

by Darrin Lee Unser on April 17, 2019 · 23 comments

At noon EDT today, April 17, sales kick off for the annual proof set of silver coins from the U.S. Mint facility at San Francisco. In a twist from past issues that adds excitement, this year’s set includes coinage with greater silver purity and a bonus "premium coin."

U.S. Mint 2019 Silver Proof Set and W cent

U.S. Mint image of its 2019 Silver Proof Set and the separately packaged "W" reverse proof cent that comes with it

For the first time ever, the set’s silver coins are produced in 99.9% silver instead of 90% silver. And, the set comes with an additional special edition 2019 Lincoln cent.

In contrast to the set’s ten coins with their proof finish and San Francisco "S" mint mark, the added cent has a reverse proof finish and carries a "W" mint mark designating its production at the West Point Mint. It is the second of three special "W" cents for release in 2019.

Included Coins and Silver Weight of Proof Set

Priced at $54.95, the coins when buying the 2019 Silver Proof Set include:

  • 2019-S Silver Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts) quarter
  • 2019-S Silver American Memorial Park (Northern Mariana Islands) quarter
  • 2019-S Silver War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam) quarter
  • 2019-S Silver San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas) quarter
  • 2019-S Silver Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho) quarter
  • 2019-S Native American $1 Coin
  • 2019-S Silver Kennedy half-dollar
  • 2019-S Silver Roosevelt dime
  • 2019-S Jefferson nickel
  • 2019-S Lincoln Cent
  • 2019-W Lincoln cent (premium coin packaged separately)

Three of the coins have traditional clad compositions, as does the premium reverse proof cent. The other seven coins weigh a combined 6.937 grams, which equates to about 1.51 troy ounces of silver. The silver coins differentiate this product from the Mint’s clad 2019 Proof Set which launched last month and included its own special edition 2019-W Lincoln cent.

Photo of US Mint 2019 Proof Set and 2019-W Lincoln Cent

A CoinNews photo of a clad 2019 Proof Set for $27.95. This standard, non-silver set from the San Francisco Mint was released March 1. A premium 2019-W Proof Lincoln cent, shown center, comeswith each purchase. Aside from the composition differences (and different premium cent), these same coins are in the 2019 Silver Proof Set.

The silver set’s ten coins are held in two protective lenses, like past sets. The premium "W" cent comes packaged separately in clear United States Mint plastic wrap, but the only way to get one is by buying the set.

Photo of 2019-S Proof America the Beautiful Silver Quarters and Lens

This CoinNews photo shows five 2019-dated quarters. These are silver editions released earlier in the separate U.S. Mint 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™, which is available for $36.95. These same quarters are in the more encompassing 2019 Silver Proof Set that launches today.

Designs exclusive to 2019 include the Mint’s five America the Beautiful Quarters®, shown above, and the Native American dollar, shown below.

2019 Native American $1 Coins

This CoinNews photo shows 2019 Native American $1 Coins. The U.S. Mint began selling rolls and bags of circulating-quality dollars on Feb. 13. A higher quality proof version of the dollar is included in the 2019 Silver Proof Set.

The dollar’s design honors American Indians in the U.S. Space Program, featuring Mary Golda Ross writing calculations.

Proof and Revers Proof Coins

Regular coins for circulation are made at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.

Proof coins from the San Francisco Mint are produced with extra care, featuring frosted designs set against mirror-like backgrounds. They are struck multiple times resulting in an increased level of detail using polished dies and hand-polished blanks.

The West Point Mint’s reverse proof cent is essentially made like a standard proof coin but its appearance is opposite, featuring mirror-like designs against frosted backgrounds.

Ordering

The 2019 Silver Proof Sets may be ordered from the Mint’s website page dedicated to proof sets, located here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

No mintage, household or product limits are in place.

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Troy
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Troy

I hope the “W” penny sky rockets in value to $55…lol Then this set might be worth the purchase. Will be interesting to see the total mintage of this special coin.

SJW
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SJW

Me thinks that a raw “W” cent won’t jump in price too much; maybe
certified examples could shoot to the moon IF conditions are right.

Silverboy
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Silverboy

At least half million set sold in 1st week, the penny will sell for under $10 within 3 months

jim
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jim

We don’t need a special penny – we need to get rid of the penny altogether!!!
What’s wrong with these people???

Nick swanson
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Nick swanson

The one cent coin is beautiful and an asset! You must be out of your mind to want a dissolvement of one of the most recognizable coin in us history! Put the method pipe down and join us back on earth!

jim
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jim

Practically, Canada has gotten rid of their penny and England replaced their 1 and 2 pound notes with coins. We’re still making millions of pennies that cost more to make than they’re worth.

RSE
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RSE

One person’s opinion, nothing more.

Chris
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I’m not too happy about the mint abandoning the traditional silver composition in this set in favor of .999. Just wondering what others on this board think?

Nicki R
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Nicki R

I actually just noticed that when I was looking at my set. I guess my first thought is how can more silver be a bad thing. But, I suppose it does get away from the more traditional composition. Then again, composition of coins change all of the time. Just consider the Lincoln Penny and all of its iterations over its lifetime. Cheers!

Fred Wozniak
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Fred Wozniak

What I would like to see next year in the silver proof set would be all silver coins including the penny, the nickel and the dollar.

sam tweedy
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sam tweedy

That would be great, but please replace that “MONKEY” nickel with the old Jefferson. lol

MJS
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MJS

Maybe if the Mint limited inclusion of the W penny to the first 50 or 100k sets sold….

RonnieBGood
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RonnieBGood

I like the .999 silver and special penny!
As to getting rid of any of our coinage, be careful what you wish for. Scandinavian countries are already getting rid of cash transactions by accepting only electronic payments!
Never let our hobby suffer this fate!

Silverboy
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Silverboy

Problem is new generation are pay more attention on their cyber world ! And coin and stamp non their minds are speculation for profits not really hobbyist. Our stamps and coin collection are dying .

Foxman69
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Foxman69

I like the .999 silver coins…seems to add a little more value to the coins if only in our minds! As a first year for .999 silver proof set, it should retain value, even without the special cent…flippers are selling the lens with 5 quarters for under $20…a great value going forward!

Gary
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Gary

I didn’t buy the proof set but I bought two other separate coins not in the proof set. The mint sent me 2 of the reverse proof W pennies as gratuitous gifts with special holders for them (one W reverse proof penny with each of my 2 orders).

Roxie
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Roxie

What did you oder?

Gary
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Gary

I just checked again, actually they both came with my order of the American Legion silver dollars. I ordered one unc. and one proof, two of the W pennies were in the box.

Roxie
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Roxie

Interesting. I’m still waiting for my silver proof set. Delivery keeps changing. Now expected tomorrow.

Thanks for reply

Roxie
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Roxie

The W cents had special holders (or just the envelopes)?. If so I think you benefited from Mint packaging mistake. I received my silver proof sets today and the COA in the penny envelope indicates these W cents are only suppose to be included as bonus with just the 3 2019 sets (proof, silver proof and MS Unc).

Chas Barber
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W penny, another pig in a poke….along with the “hard to find…” W quarters..UNLESS you work for a bank, armored car Co., or Walmart…weird huh the Mint said wide distb. we have one guy selling 8 rolls… and many other ROLLS.
Meanwhile I never even see a NEW ATB here (only in Los Angeles) ever, not @ a bank or market, they all are in poduncts….

ATB lover
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ATB lover

Someone try to sell my dad $20 per roll , he had 10x$500 Box inside his car. I asked the banks , they said ” we don’t have any 2019 roll from region HQ .so , Me too, I feel same as you . W quarter is a Joke , Did anyone know 2018 S BU are under 1 million mintage ? So S or W , which one are more rare ? W -25c are $50+ , W- 25c are $2 – ? Is coin collector stupid or something else .

Rich
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Rich

If anyone wants a deal. Mike Meezack has the set for $169.95 with the reverser penny graded 70. What a scam…… :