Today, March 25, 2014, sales opened for the 2014 United States Mint Proof Set®. This annually issued set will be the Mint’s most popular numismatic product of the year.
Sold for $31.95, it has 14 coins produced in the U.S. Mint at San Francisco with each bearing the ‘S’ mint mark. Extra care is taken in striking these coins, although they are composed of the same metals as circulating issues. The set’s popularity is due, in part, to the special proof finish imparted to its coins that results in mirror-like backgrounds and frosted, sculpted foregrounds.
Of the 14 coins within the 2014 Proof Set, 10 are unique to 2014 because they bear one-year-only designs. These include the five 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters, the four 2014 Presidential $1 Coins and the 2014 Native American $1 Coin.
Contents of 2014 Proof Set
Specifically, this year’s 2014 Proof Set has the following 14 coins:
- 2014-S Native American $1 Coin
- 2014-S Warren G. Harding Presidential $1 Coin
- 2014-S Calvin Coolidge Presidential $1 Coin
- 2014-S Herbert Hoover Presidential $1 Coin
- 2014-S Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential $1 Coin
- 2014-S Kennedy Half Dollar
- 2014-S Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter (Tennessee)
- 2014-S Shenandoah National Park Quarter (Virginia)
- 2014-S Arches National Park Quarter (Utah)
- 2014-S Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter (Colorado)
- 2014-S Everglades National Park Quarter (Florida)
- 2014-S Roosevelt Dime
- 2014-S Jefferson Nickel
- 2014-S Lincoln Cent
This year’s 25-cent pieces are issued as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program that debuted in 2010. The program features five releases annually with each honoring a different site of national interest from around the United States and its territories.
The four Presidential $1 Coins are issued as part of the Presidential $1 Coin program which debuted in 2007. Coins of the program honor former Presidents of the United States in the order in which they served.
In 2009, the U.S. Mint began the current Native American $1 Coin series. Strikes of the program celebrate important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The 2014 issue commemorates Native American hospitality during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It depicts a Native American man offering a pipe while his wife offers provisions of fish, corn, roots and gourds.
As shown in the three images above, coins of the 2014 Proof Set are separated into three protective lenses with one lens holding the four Presidential $1 Coins, one lens holding the five America the Beautiful Quarters and the remaining lens holding the Native American $1 Coin, the Kennedy Half-Dollar, the Roosevelt Dime, the Jefferson Nickel and the Lincoln Cent.
The three lenses ship together in illustrated packaging which offers images of included coins with the sites and individuals they honor.
Order 2014 Proof Sets directly from the U.S. Mint via the annual products section of the Mint’s online store, located here, or by calling toll-free at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
No household order limits have been established.
Expect strong debut sales for this year’s Proof Set with around a quarter million sold in the first few days. That has been the trend in the last few years. More than three times that amount should move by the time the sets go off sale in about a year.
Sales of 2008 – 2013 Proof Sets
|Issue Price||Coins||Final Sales|
|2013 US Mint Proof Set||$31.95||14||789,595*|
|2012 US Mint Proof Set||$31.95||14||794,002|
|2011 US Mint Proof Set||$31.95||14||1,098,835|
|2010 US Mint Proof Set||$31.95||14||1,103,950|
|2009 US Mint Proof Set||$29.95||18||1,477,967|
|2008 US Mint Proof Set||$26.95||14||1,405,674|
*Sales of the 2013 Set represent the number sold through the middle of March 2014. These sets are still available from the U.S. Mint at a price of $31.95.
Upcoming 2014 Silver Proof Set
A similar annual set is scheduled to debut on April 29 with the release of the 2014 United States Mint Silver Proof Set®. It has the same denominations as the 2014 Proof Set but instead features 90% silver quarters, a 90% silver half-dollar and a 90% silver dime. Pricing of the silver proof set is listed at $53.95.