Once again, the United States Mint’s annual Proof coinage offering experienced significant gains compared to the prior year. The 1961 Proof Set (Buy on eBay) had sales of 3,028,244, representing an increase of 79% and a fresh record high. This represented quite an astounding rise from sales levels of just ten years ago when less than 60,000 sets had been sold.
Each 1961 Proof Set contained the same line up of five coins to which collectors had become accustomed. This included the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter, and Franklin Half Dollar. These coins had a face value of 91 cents, but were sold as a set of high quality packaged Proof coins for $2.10 per set.
The Proof coinage of 1961 can be found with brilliant, cameo, or deep cameo finishes. The cameo and deep cameo coins are most desirable and can carry premiums for top grade examples.
The packaging for the Proof Set consisted of the familiar outer yellow envelope with the Treasury Department markings. The coins were sealed within individual compartments of a plastic cellophane. A foil seal with “U.S. MINT PHILADELPHIA” imprinted was also included.
1961 Proof Set Coins
- 1961 Proof Lincoln Cent
- 1961 Proof Jefferson Nickel
- 1961 Proof Roosevelt Dime
- 1961 Proof Washington Quarter
- 1961 Proof Franklin Half Dollar
1961 Proof Set Information
- Coins per Set: 5
- Face Value: $0.91
- Original Issue Price: $2.10
- Mintage: 3,028,244