The United States Mint’s latest annual coin set went on sale for collectors today, August 26, 2010. The 2010 Silver Proof Set includes all 14 circulating coins in proof condition, with 7 coins struck in a composition of 90% silver.
Silver Proof Sets have been issued by the United States Mint each year since 1992. The dime, quarters, and half dollar included in each set are struck in 90% silver and 10% copper, the composition used for these coins before 1965. The remaining coins in the set are struck in their standard, modern-day compositions.
Each 2010 Silver Proof Set includes the following coins:
- (1) Lincoln Cent
- (1) Jefferson Nickel
- (1) Roosevelt Dime (90% silver)
- (5) America the Beautiful Quarters (90% silver)
- (1) Kennedy Half Dollar (90% silver)
- (1) Native American Dollar
- (4) Presidential Dollars
All coins are struck at the San Francisco Mint and carry the “S” mint mark. They are packaged in three protective lenses and placed within an outer cardboard box with a certificate of authenticity signed by the Director of the United States Mint.
Many of the coins included in the 2010 Silver Proof Set featuring rotating designs, or designs which change annually or throughout the year. The America the Beautiful Quarters have five different designs featuring Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Mount Hood National Forest. The Presidential Dollars have four different designs featuring Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. The Native American Dollar features a Hiawatha Belt to representing the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy. Finally, the Lincoln Cent carries the first year of a permanent new design depicting the Union Shield to represent Lincoln’s preservation of the Union.
The sets are priced at $56.95 plus applicable shipping and handling and may be purchased from the US Mint at http://catalog.usmint.gov.