The United States Mint began selling the 2010 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at noon ET for the price of $15.95.
The Presidential Dollar Proof Set has now approached its fourth year of issue, with the first set released in 2007 when the $1 coin series began. The 2010 issue price is $1 more than last year.
The annual 4-coin proof collection has proven to be popular with collectors, although the circulating $1 coin versions have had less success with a public who mostly prefers using dollar bills. The latest US Mint sales figures indicate 622,391 of the 2009-dated sets — which were taken off sale with the release of the new sets — have been sold.
Each of the presidential coins has a common reverse while the obverse, or heads side, bears a portrait honoring a past President. The 2010 set includes four presidential proof coins featuring:
Millard Fillmore – 13th President, sculpted and designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
Franklin Pierce – 14th President, designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
James Buchanan – 15th President, designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
Abraham Lincoln – 16th President, sculpted and designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
With the inclusion of the popular Lincoln coin, this year’s set sales are expected to top those from 2009.
The Mint provides the following proof coin description:
The term "proof" refers to a manufacturing process in which specially treated coin blanks are struck multiple times with specially polished dies to create a brilliant, sharp relief and mirror-like background. A frosted, sculpted foreground gives the proof coin a special "cameo" effect.
These coins bear the "S" mint mark, denoting they were struck at the United States Mint at San Francisco. The mint mark is inscribed on each coin’s edge, along with "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and "2010".
Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set price and order information
The set is priced at $15.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. The Mint indicates that there are no order limits in place. They may be purchased online through the Mint page:
Presidential $1 Coin Products – click through to any of the 2010-dated offerings.
Or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
Presidential Dollar release schedule
The presidential dollars are part of a multi-year program that was authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145) and features four new obverse designs annually.
The 2010 Presidential $1 Coin Designs were released in December. The Millard Fillmore Presidential $1 Coin will begin circulating in public change on February 18. The remaining dollars are scheduled for circulation release on May 20, August 19 and November 18. (See $1 release dates for additional information.)
The series is scheduled to go through at least to year 2016, with the following coins by year:
Schedule and release order for each Presidential $1 Coin