The 1997 Proof Set (Buy on eBay) saw the mintage climb from the low level reached in the prior year to a final mintage of 1,975,000. Despite the higher mintage, the 1997 Proof Set is generally more expensive for collectors to obtain than the prior year set. In many instances total production alone does not determine availability of a particular set, as the nature of the distribution is also important.
Each 1996 Proof Set contains a total of five coins. These coins are proof issues of all of the coins issued for circulation in 1997, struck at the San Francisco Mint in deep cameo proof. The coins include the Kennedy Half Dollar, Washington Quarter, Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel, and Lincoln Cent.
The US Mint also issued the 1997 Prestige Proof Set (Buy on eBay). This expanded set contained the 1997 Botanic Gardens Commemorative Dollar. These sets were priced at $57.00 and sold 80,000 units.
The packaging for the 1997 Proof Set remained similar to other recent years. The coins were held within slots of a green cardboard and sealed within a single plastic holder. This holder was housed within a green cardboard box with silver lettering “United States Mint Proof Set 1997”.
1997 Proof Set Information
Coins per Set: 5
Face Value: $0.91
Original Issue Price: $12.50