The 2008 Proof Set (Buy on eBay) once again contained a total of fourteen coins. The large number of coins was the result of the States Quarters Program and the newly introduced Presidential Dollars Program, which each included multiple designs issued per year. The trend towards greater numbers of coins issued per year would peak in the following year.
The price for the most popular annual proof set remained unchanged from the prior year, and total sales reached approximately the same level. On the secondary market the 2008 Proof Set sells for a premium. This is due to the fact that the sets unexpectedly sold out at the US Mint in early December, which seems to have had an impact on distribution and availability.
Each 2008 Proof Set contains the five State Quarters featuring Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii. Notably, these represented the final five issues of the ten year long program. The sets also contained the four Presidential Dollars featuring James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren, who were the fifth to eighth Presidents. The remaining coins were the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, and Sacagawea Dollar.
The US Mint continued to offer a variety of different proof set options. This included a separate 2008 State Quarters Proof Set, 2008 Presidential Dollars Proof Set, Silver Proof Set, State Quarters Silver Proof Set, and the American Legacy Collection.
The packaging for the 2008 Proof Set was consolidated from the prior year. The set still consisted of three plastic lenses, one with the State Quarters, one with the Presidential Dollars, and one with the remaining coins. These lenses were now placed together with a certificate of authenticity into a single cardboard box featuring the familiar Statue of Liberty and US Mint logo on a blue color scheme.
2008 Proof Set Information
Coins Per Set: 14
Face Value: $6.91
Original Issue Price: $26.95