Differences in Numismatic Coin Sets

Proof sets and mint sets are important for numismatic collectors. They come in all shapes and sizes, giving collectors an abundant selection from important historical times. Proofs are scarce compared to uncirculated coins and sometimes the presentation factor is better too. Of the many proof and mint sets today, there are differences that make each valuable and worth collecting. Establishing these differences will help collectors solidify their collecting and investment strategies. 

Proof coins are early samples of coin issues. The proofs were designed to check the die and standards of the coin before they were released for production. Today, proofs are struck for collectors and have become a staple for some collectors and investors. 

  • Proof Sets
    Proofs coins are struck at least twice with specialized dies and finishing polishes. As a result, the proof coin looks different from regular uncirculated coinage. Creating proof coins ensures the finalized coins for production are suitable for circulation. 
  • Mint Sets
    Mint sets include coins in mint state quality. Oftentimes, this is confused with proof set or proof quality. What is unique about mint sets is they never enter circulation, so packaging and care are particularly important.  

The selection available for mint and proof coins is extraordinary. APMEX carries a vast number of mint sets and proof sets, all in high-quality condition, from 1936 to present day.

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