The 1981 Proof Set (Buy on eBay) was the last set to contain the short lived Susan B. Anthony Dollar. The production of all dollar coins would cease until 1999, when the Susan B. Anthony Dollar briefly returns, although it was not placed in Proof Sets for the year. Other coins included in the 1981 set were the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter, and Kennedy Half Dollar.
The price for the set was raised once again from $10 to $11. This price raise came once again despite the fact that the same number of coins with the same face value were included in the sets. The mintage for the sets did experience a rise above 4 million. This was the highest since the 1976 Bicentennial Silver Proof Set, and would represent a final peak before overall Proof Set mintages started to decline.
Two different mint marks exist for 1981-S Proof coins. The Type 1 mint marks are a version of the Type 2 mint mark from the 1979 Proof Sets. The Type 2 mint mark has a round top and more clearly defined serifs. The 1981-S Type 2 Lincoln Cent and the 1981-S Susan B. Anthony Dollar carry the biggest premiums.
The packaging for the 1981 Proof Set was the same as established in the prior year. The coins were placed into slots of a red plastic insert, and then sealed in a clear plastic holder. A separate black plastic piece could slide to protect to the set or be used to display it. The outer cardboard box was black and open on the top.
1981 Proof Set Coins
- 1981-S Proof Lincoln Cent (Type 1 & Type 2)
- 1981-S Proof Jefferson Nickel (Type 1 & Type 2)
- 1981-S Proof Roosevelt Dime (Type 1 & Type 2)
- 1981-S Proof Washington Quarter (Type 1 & Type 2)
- 1981-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar (Type 1 & Type 2)
- 1981-S Proof Susan B. Anthony Dollar (Type 1 & Type 2)
1981 Proof Set Information
- Coins per Set: 6
- Face Value: $1.91
- Original Issue Price: $11.00
- Mintage: 4,063,083