2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set Photos and Debut Sales


The U.S. Mint last week started selling its 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set for $17.95. This article presents photos of the set and compares its starting sales to those from prior years.

Photo of 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set and Packaging
This photo of the 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set shows everything that comes with it — the outer packaging box, the three clad proof dollars held within a protective plastic lens and a U.S. Mint certificate of authenticity

This year’s set includes proof editions of the final three Presidential dollars. They feature frosted portraits of former Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan that contrast against mirror-like backgrounds.

One plastic lens holds the dollars, protecting them and allowing easy viewing of their sides and edges. Here’s a photo that shows a lens and the heads side of the coins:

Photo of 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set Lens and Coins Obverses
Obverses or heads sides of the dollars

Presidential $1 Coins share reverse designs depicting a rendition of the Statue of Liberty. This next photo is of the dollar reverses.

Photo of 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set Lens and Coin Reverses
Reverses or tails sides of the dollars

Edges of dollar coins have incused lettering for their year of minting, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, and a mint mark denoting where they were made. The San Francisco Mint produces proof $1 coins so each has an ‘S’ mint mark.

Edge View of Lens Holding 2016 Presidential $1 Proof Coins
Edge view of lens
Ege of dollar coin
An edge of a dollar

U.S. Mint products for collectors ship with a certificate of authenticity. The back of certificate lists the specifications of the three dollars to include names of their designers and sculptors.

2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set Certificate of Authenticity
Certificate of Authenticity
Photo of 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set Specifications
Proof Set Specifications

Sales Comparisons

This year’s set scored opening 6-day sales of 124,420, the quickest start since the set from 2012. Final sales tend to at least double early figures, as illustrated in the table below.

Debut Sales of 2010 – 2016 Presidential Dollar Proof Sets

Debut Sales
Reporting Date
Debut Sales Ending Sales
2016 $17.95 Feb. 16, 2016 Feb. 21, 2016 124,420 N/A
2015 $18.95 Mar. 10, 2015 Mar. 15, 2015 110,863 221,274*
2014 $18.95 Feb. 18, 2014 Feb. 23, 2014 109,289 229,415
2013 $18.95 Feb. 14, 2013 Feb. 18, 2013 119,765 266,618
2012 $18.95 April 24, 2012 April 30, 2012 146,097 249,298
2011 $19.95 Feb. 22, 2011 Feb. 27, 2011 163,129 299,853
2010 $15.95 Feb. 11, 2010 Feb. 14, 2010 224,426 535,463
2009 $14.95 Feb. 10, 2009 Feb. 15, 2009 82,168 627,925


*Last year’s set is no longer available but the U.S. Mint continues to tweak its ending total.

Order proof sets from the United States Mint’s online store, using this page, or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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Christopher Williams

Thank you, Mike, for all of that information.

You do a wonderful job here!!!


my proof 2016 3 coin presidential dollars look like 70 grade the frosting is like none other I noticed under glass-these have to be one of the absolute best shipment was by far the most emotional I have been looking at perfect coined.imo

Seth Riesling

John – I noticed very heavy cameo frosting on 3 of the 5 sets of these Proof presidential $1 coins I ordered, even on the reverse Statue of Liberty design. I ordered on first day of issue, although that doesn’t mean they were first coins struck, we must have received some sets with coins struck by new, fresh dies. But the U.S. Mint does a pretty darn good job on most of its Proof coins since Proof set production was moved to the San Francisco Mint in 1968. That is their specialty at that branch Mint. Congrats on getting some… Read more »


thanks for the reply-I did send back 5oz 2014 sand dunes took forever with U.S. mint and then upped the price-had to order new one at higher price?and wait till they processed my return for refund -can’t believe they let the 3dots and scratch .i stopped buying with the proof presidents s -take car -John