1986 US Mint Proof Set
The 1986 Proof Set (Buy on eBay) recorded the lowest proof set mintage for all of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Interestingly, the low mintage occurred directly after a significant uptick in mintage figures experienced in the prior year. The set usually carries a slight premium as a result of the low mintage, but usually still trades below the issue price.
Each set contains five coins with a face value of 91 cents. The five coins included the Kennedy Half, Washington Quarter, Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel, and Lincoln Cent. Nearly all 1986 proof coins encountered will have a deep cameo proof finish. Some improperly stored sets may exhibit haze within the mirrored fields of the coins.
The US Mint also offered the 1986 Prestige Proof Set (Buy on eBay). This expanded set contained the Statue of Liberty Half Dollar and Silver Dollar commemorative coins in addition to the five coins included in the regular set. The Prestige Set was priced at $48.50 and had a mintage of 599,317.
The packaging for the standard 1986 Proof Set remained unchanged from the prior year. The five coins were placed within individual holes in purple cardboard holder. This was sealed between two plastic lenses to form a single holder. A purple colored outer box with silver printing contained the holder.
1986 Proof Set Information
Coins per Set: 5
Face Value: $0.91
Original Issue Price: $11.00