The 1960 Proof Set (Buy on eBay) made up the ground lost for the prior two years and set a new mintage high for the annual set. A total of 1,691,602 sets were sold, which topped the prior record of 1,247,952 reached in 1957. Part of the reason for the renewed interest in the Proof Set was the existence of two distinct varieties for the 1960 Proof cent.
Similar to the situation for the circulation strikes, the Proof version of the 1960 Lincoln Cent is encountered with either a “Large Date” or “Small Date”. The difference in size was significant enough to be identified by comparison. The “Small Date” variety is believed to be about 10-15 rarer and carries a premium.
Besides the Lincoln Cent, each 1960 Proof Set also contained the Franklin Half Dollar, Washington Quarter, Roosevelt Dime, and Jefferson Nickel. The five coins carried a face value of 91 cents and were sold for $2.10 each.
The Proof Set packaging consisted of a plain yellow outer envelope with the notation “1960 P.C.” and the Treasury Department address. The coins sealed within individual compartments of cellophane wrap with a foil “U.S. MINT PHILADELPHIA” seal, and placed within the envelope between two pieces of cardboard.
1960 Proof Set Coins
- 1960 Proof Lincoln Cent
- 1960 Proof Jefferson Nickel
- 1960 Proof Roosevelt Dime
- 1960 Proof Washington Quarter
- 1960 Proof Franklin Half Dollar
1960 Proof Set Information
- Coins per Set: 5
- Face Value: $0.91
- Original Issue Price: $2.10
- Mintage: 1,691,602