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