Mint 2009 Proof Set
Mint on Monday launches the
2009 Proof Set. The
annual set is priced higher this year at $29.95,
but it also includes specially minted pennies
and four more coins.
The 2009 proof set is highlighted with
redesigned Lincoln cents that celebrate the
bicentennial birth of Abraham Lincoln. And
unlike the circulating penny versions, each is
composed of alloy matching the original 1909
Lincoln cent — 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin.
The pennies alone are likely to make the 2009
sets more popular than past years, and that is
saying much. The annual sets are always a
favorite with collectors — each proof coin
strike features the San Francisco "S" mint mark.
More than 1.4 million of the 2008 proof sets
were sold. Over 1.7 million of the 2007 proof
sets were purchased.
While these prior sets were priced at $26.95,
2009 proof sets costs $29.95. The price
increase may be attributed to the specialized
pennies and the extra quarter due to this year’s
DC & US Territories Quarters Program.
The following 18 coins are included in the set:
2009-S Lincoln Cents: Lincoln Log Cabin Penny,
Lincoln Rail Splitter Penny, Lincoln
Professional Life Penny and Lincoln Presidency
2009-S Jefferson 5-cent coin
2009-S Roosevelt dime
2009-S Quarters: DC quarter, Puerto Rico
quarter, Guam quarter, American Samoa quarter,
US Virgin Islands quarter and Northern Mariana
2009-S Kennedy half-dollar
2009-S Native American $1 Coin
2009-S Presidential Dollars: Harrison $1 Coin,
Tyler $1 Coin, Polk Presidential $1 and Taylor
What are proof sets? According to the US Mint,
"Extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief
and a mirror-like background. Their frosted,
sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo
Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and
cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. The
blanks are then fed into presses fitted with
specially polished dies and struck at least
twice to ensure sharp relief.
The coins are then packaged in protective lenses
to showcase and maintain their exceptional