The 2003 Silver Proof Set (Buy on eBay) originally went on sale at the United States Mint on July 28, 2003. The original cost of the ten coin set remained unchanged from the prior year at $31.95. Seven of the coins were struck in 90% silver, while the remaining three coins were struck in their standard compositions.
Collectors would eventually order 1,125,755 of the sets, representing the highest sales total for the product type since its introduction in 1992. Sales would remain above the one million mark for several more years until the price of the set began to rise and the US Mint introduced a component version of the set, including only the quarter dollars.
Each 2003 Silver Proof Set included five State Quarters featuring Illinois, Alabama, Maine, Missouri, and Arkansas, which were the twenty first to twenty fifth states of the Union. The remaining coins were the Sacagawea Dollar, Kennedy Half Dollar, Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel, and Lincoln Cent. All of the quarters, dime, and half dollar were produced in a composition of 90% silver. Other coins maintained standard compositions.
The packaging for the set remained remained consistent with recent prior years. A cardboard box bearing the image of the Statue of Liberty and red color scheme contained two plastic lenses. One lens contained the dollar, half dollar, dime, nickel, and cent. The five state quarters were sealed in a second lens.
2003 Silver Proof Set Information
Coins per Set:10
Face Value: $2.91
Silver Content: 1.33823 troy ounces
Original Issue Price: $31.95