2009 US Mint Silver Proof Set

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Silver Proof Sets are another annual United States Mint offering that has proven to be popular with coin collectors. The set is similar to the clad proof version, except for the 90% silver coins.

The 18-coin 2009 US Mint Silver Proof Set was launched July 17 for $52.95. Set sales blazed. 271,372 were sold between their noon launch on a Friday and up through to the following Sunday. As of Sunday, Sept. 6, the US Mint reported that 470,707 of the sets were sold.

The annual offering is a traditional purchase for many coin collectors, but the 2009 set is perhaps more sought after as it contains extra coins compared to prior years and several coin designs that will not come around again, like those of the 2009 DC & US Territories Quarters and four 2009 Presidential Dollars. It also has the sought after 2009 Lincoln Cents, which includes the four redesigned pennies celebrating the 200th anniversary of Abraham's Lincolns birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny.

Additionally, the 2009 proof cents are unlike their circulating counterparts. They are not only struck in proof condition, but are also composed of 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin -- the same alloy as the original 1909 Lincoln cent. (Circulating pennies and their proofs from prior recent years are struck from copper plated zinc -- 2.5% copper with remaining zinc.) These factors help sell the 2009 silver set.

The 18 proof coins are minted at the US Mint in San Francisco, and carry the "S" mint mark. The Mint describes proof coins as:

"Extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect. 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."

Silver Content Value in Proof Set

Eight coins within the 2009 set are struck in 90% silver. They include the six 2009 DC & US Territories Quarters, the Roosevelt dime and the Kennedy half dollar.

The intrinsic silver value of these coins is actually significant. As an example, taking the silver price of $16.89 an ounce (London silver on Sept. 11, 2009), the coins in the proof set have a silver value of $25.66. That is nearly half of what the set costs new from the Mint.

Here is a list of all the coins within the 2009 US Mint Silver Proof Set:

  • 2009-S Proof Lincoln Log Cabin Penny
  • 2009-S Proof District of Columbia Quarter
  • 2009-S William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollar
  • 2009-S Proof Lincoln Rail Splitter Penny
  • 2009-S Proof Puerto Rico Quarter
  • 2009-S John Tyler Presidential Dollar
  • 2009-S Proof Lincoln Professional Life Penny
  • 2009-S Proof Guam Quarter
  • 2009-S James K. Polk Presidential Dollar
  • 2009-S Proof Lincoln Presidency Penny
  • 2009-S Proof American Samoa Quarter
  • 2009-S Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollar
  • 2009-S Proof Jefferson Nickel
  • 2009-S Proof US Virgin Islands Quarter
  • 2009-S Proof Native American Dollar
  • 2009-S Proof Roosevelt Dime
  • 2009-S Proof Northern Mariana Islands Quarter
  • 2009-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar


The United States Mint has several different types of proof set offerings this year, including:

  • 2009 US Mint Proof Set (18-coin clad version)
  • 2009 US Mint DC & US Territories Quarters Proof Set
  • 2009 US Mint DC & US Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set
  • 2009 US Mint Presidential Dollars Proof Set
  • 2009 Lincoln Cent Proof Set
  • Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set

2009 US Mint Silver Proof Set Resources