The 1997 Silver Proof Set (Buy on eBay) contained five coins. The Kennedy Half Dollar, Washington Quarter, and Roosevelt Dime were all struck with a composition of 90% silver. The Jefferson Nickel and Lincoln Cent were struck in their respective standard compositions and are identical to coins found in the regular proof set. All coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint and feature deep cameo finishes.
This year represents one of the scarcer proof set issues with a mintage of only 605,473. Only the 90% silver 1995 set has a lower mintage of 549,878 during this era. Both of these sets are accordingly priced at a premium above other higher mintage years.
The US Mint offered an a separate 1997 Premier Silver Proof Set. This set contained the same coins as the standard version, however it came in more ornate packaging that could be arrange to make a better display of the coins. This premier set was priced at $37.50 and sold 136,205 units. Despite the higher initial offering price, these sets currently carry approximately the same value as the standard set.
The 1997 Silver Proof Set featured the same packaging style that had been used since the product line was introduced in 1992. The coins were placed within individual slots of a cardboard insert and sealed within a single plastic holder bearing the word “Silver”. This was placed within an outer black cardboard box denoting the contents, with a single flap opening on the top.
1997 Silver Proof Set Information
Coins Per Set: 5
Face Value: $0.91
Silver Content: 0.61487 troy ounces
Original Issue Price: $21.00