U.S. Mint 2021 Silver Proof Set Released

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The United States Mint today released their 2021 Silver Proof Set. Included in each set are seven coins, each struck to proof quality, with four of them composed in 99.9% silver.

U.S. Mint product images of the 2021 Silver Proof Set
U.S. Mint product images of the 2021 Silver Proof Set

The San Francisco Mint-produced coins appear in two separate protective lenses and ship inside an illustrated cardboard sleeve. Pricing of the set is $105.00.

For those who raised an eyebrow at the aforementioned price, it does mark a significant increase from previous annual silver proof sets. Last year’s edition debuted at $63.25, and it included a plus a bonus 2020-W reverse proof nickel. The 2019 set marked the first to include .999 fine silver coins and initially sold for $54.95. Prior to that, the 2018 set (which contained seven 90% silver coins) was offered at $49.95.

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A CoinNews photo showing a U.S. Mint 2020 Silver Proof Set and a bonus 2020-W Reverse Proof Jefferson nickel that came with it. Last year’s set had more coins and debuted at a much lower price.

Also of note, previous sets held a total of ten coins — seven in silver — as they included each year’s five new quarter dollars. This year’s set holds just seven coins as the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program closed earlier this year with the Tuskegee Airmen quarter. The Washington Crossing the Delaware quarter replaced it (this quarter design will also last less than a year as it will be replaced in 2022 when the Mint’s new American Women Quarters Program debuts).

Included Coins and Silver Weight of Proof Set

The seven coins of the new 2021 Silver Proof Set are as follows:

  • 2021-S Washington Crossing the Delaware Quarter
  • 2021-S Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama) Quarter
  • 2021-S Native American (Military Service) $1 Coin
  • 2021-S Kennedy Half-Dollar
  • 2021-S Roosevelt Dime
  • 2021-S Jefferson Nickel
  • 2021-S Lincoln Cent

In this set, the two quarters and the Native American $1 Coin carry designs never before featured in the annual silver proof set. These designs are only for 2021.

Three of the coins have traditional clad compositions. The other four coins are in silver, weighing 27.908 grams for 0.897 troy ounces of silver. An ounce of silver as of this writing has a spot price of $26.24.

Silver Proof Set Popularity

These annual silver proof sets are popular with collectors as hundreds of thousands are sold each year. Unaudited sales of the three previous silver proof sets are shown below:

  • 2020 – 313,185*
  • 2019 – 412,508
  • 2018 – 332,274

*The set from 2020 showed an increase of 43 units in the Mint’s latest weekly sales report.

Ordering

The 2021 Silver Proof Sets may be ordered from the U.S. Mint’s online page dedicated to proof sets, located here. Orders are still not accepted via telephone as the Mint’s sales centers remain closed due to the pandemic.

No mintage, household or product limits are in place.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Finally ordered one after batting the idea around in my head for a long while since the new price is somewhat intimidating. It’s the old story; no admission without a ticket, so…

Last edited 18 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
MJS

Me too – probably my last proof set from the mint. The WCtheD quarter convinced me to order it.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Same here, especially since it’s a one year only design. How easily we are swayed!

Bryon

My last as well. How can they make set smaller and raise prices by a large percentage?

Christopher Williams

I, too, only purchased this set for the Washington Quarter. I could have purchased the Washington Quarter solo, but I prefer to own in this set.

Christopher Williams

I meant to write “But I prefer to own it in this set.”

Kaiser Wilhelm

Well, it is a very fine looking silver quarter, not to mention this is an anchor set.

Last edited 18 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Christopher Williams

I am looking forward to having it in my hands.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Preceded by opening what always seems like a “surprise gift” to me.

Carl Warrem

I’ve been enrolled to receive 2 sets for the last 5 years. One to crack and one to keep. I,too, debated about whether or not to get them for this year because of the price. But then I thought what are the prices were going to be for the individual coins and the full set on the secondary market. It will be interesting to see what the sales figure will be from the mint.

Kaiser Wilhelm

The old adage about these possibly costing less on the secondary market doesn’t appear to be holding up to scrutiny anymore as anything silver has become too dear for that.

Last edited 18 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Kou

Same thoughts as others commenting, but I ultimately decided not to purchase. First time in over 10 years where I’m not picking up the silver proof set. Aside from the price, I think I’ve finally grown bored with this hobby.

Mike Hunt

Kou — I understand your comment on growing bored with the hobby. But as someone who bought his first Mint Sets in the mid-1950s, my fear is that I may have outlived it. Neither of my now-adult kids or nephews are into it. And other than for silver content or selling them off after I pass they have little interest in my lifelong passion. That said I started collecting for the shear beauty and history of the coins. So even as I know, like me, my life’s hobby will soon pass … I am hooked. But the coins will live… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

That is a very moving story, Mike, and how could one not appreciate all of the candor. I’m guessing we’re roughly the same age (I was born the year the last Walking Liberty Half Dollar was minted), so I can relate to that current ongoing apprehension of mortality. Once that has come to roost it appears to be here for the duration, so we are now apparently inclined to start getting caught up in having some Really Big Thoughts. As they say though, the likelihood of “the best laid plans” going more or less their own way and all those… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

Coin collecting, like any other hobby, is essentially a personal preference and not a sort of existential imperative. It matters so little in the Big Picture that if I were to ask my very wise wife “Should I keep collecting or give it up?” she would most likely say “Yes.”

Last edited 17 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Jake

I believe Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right,”

Kaiser Wilhelm

Is it better to be wrong about being right or right about being wrong?

Mark D.

The oft quoted Ford is also known for his shy little pamphlet, “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem,” as well as the following “poem,” entitled, “Fuhrer,”: We have sworn to you once, But now we make our allegiance permanent. Like currents in a torrent lost, We all flow into you. Even when we cannot understand you, We will go with you. One day we may comprehend, How you can see our future. Hearts like bronze shields, We have placed around you, And it seems to us, that only You can reveal God’s world to us. To paraphrase the infamous… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Apparently I can’t yet share that degree of optimism regarding current day attitudes and outlooks. The widely endorsed and enthusiastically supported insurrectionist interregnum we recently experienced and are still reeling from the aftershocks of showed me clearly that old ideas and habits die much harder than I had ever imagined possible. In fact, I see the extremely high levels of racism and anti-semitism that are running rampant in America today as hearkening back to the intensely prejudicial sentiments and inclinations and resulting commonly applied intimidations and persecutions of the Henry Ford era and before.

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Seth Riesling

I have to say Kudos to the Mint’s designers & engravers on the Washington Crossing the Delaware design – a lot of action & detail on a fairly small palette. A truly beautiful coin depicting a seminal time in our history for sure. Therefore, I didn’t mind paying the relatively high price compared to other year’s similar silver Proof sets quite as much.

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Jake

Yes I agree dude, good description, that one is a gem for sure may be my new favorite and worth the price even though it is a steep increase as you said

Kaiser Wilhelm

This one coin seems to be the deciding factor for some, and perhaps even many, of us. It is an unusually exquisite and definitely unexpected representation of what one might have easily thought was a typical scene that had long since passed into the tiringly overused category. Instead what we see here is an entirely new and refreshing take on the old trope, likely considered to be one of the very best ever of its kind.

Last edited 16 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Sherril Matney

Would a person be better off to just buy a certified version of WC quarter?

Kaiser Wilhelm

I wish I were better versed regarding the pros and cons of certification, but as my experience in this area is lacking perhaps someone else here with more knowledge can provide you with a higher quality of assistance. I’m not even sure I understand why you would want to incur the expense of buying a rather commonplace coin in such an expensive fashion. Acquiring the Silver Proof Set from the Mint guarantees the coin’s authenticity, and unless you are doing this for profit rather than for collecting that might just suffice.

Last edited 16 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Mark D.

“Pre-sale” slabs for silver version start at $80, uncertified at $30! “Flipping,” is the new, “F,” word.

Kaiser Wilhelm

One of those “F” words is entirely harmless, while “Flipping” is not.

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Al M.

would have liked to have seen a 5 Oz. silver WCtheD quarter.

Kaiser Wilhelm

To be sure, that would have been most impressive. However, although I’m not certain about this, it might quite possibly have required an act of Congress to make it happen.

Last edited 15 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Jake

As for my package, it still says shipped with zero progress. I’ve paid for free shipping 10 times and now I really have free shipping. Thanks D.R.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I hope you were able to get those shipping payments back. I indicated elsewhere that I was charged shipping for an entire year but got all that money back by calling the Mint every time it happened and simply asking for a refund to my credit card.

John R.

Talk about alert a let down! I was just informed my order for the 2021 silver proof set was cancelled. The notification stated the set is no longer in inventory and is not available for back order.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Who exactly sent you that notice and why? In fact, I just this moment (May 4, 2:30 P.M. EST) checked the Mint web site regarding the status of that Silver Mint Set and it appears you can buy as many of those as you like. Something’s off here…

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Last edited 6 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm