What is a Proof Coin?
Proof coins, known for their polished appearance, with frosted devices and mirrored fields, are manufactured specifically for collectors. These coins are produced in relatively low quantities and are considered more beautiful and more valuable than their standard counterparts. They may be easily recognized by their special packaging and smooth appearance, which is achieved by using specially polished blanks when striking the coin. For collectors who value beauty and rarity, proof coins are well worth the premium.
PURCHASING PROOF COINS THROUGH APMEX
Proof coins are often available in specially certified packaging or in proof sets. For example, APMEX carries a proof coin set of uncirculated coins from 1958, including a Lincoln cent, a Jefferson nickel, a Roosevelt dime, a Washington quarter and a Franklin half dollar. U.S. Mint Gold coins are also available in proof sets, including a proof coin set of Gold American Eagles in denominations of $5, $10, $25 and $50.