1950-1964 Proof Sets not only cover a relatively large range of years, but also involve changes in packaging as well as changes to some of the coins included in them.
The release of the 1950 Proof Set was important because it marked the first proof set issued by the U.S. Mint in seven years. The sets were discontinued after 1942 as the nation focused on its involvement in World War II.
Upon their return, coins of the proof sets were individually packaged in pouches which were stapled together at the top. These pouches were wrapped with tissue paper then placed in cardboard boxes and sealed with paper tape. However, halfway through 1955 the Mint changed the packaging so that all of the coins were sealed in individual compartments of the same plastic pack which was placed between two cardboard inserts inside a paper envelope.
Historical 1950-1964 Proof Silver Set Melt Values
There were five coins included in these sets representing proof quality examples of the American circulating coinage of the day. When the first 1950 set was released it marked the first time the Roosevelt Dime and the Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar had been released in proof quality. The 1964 Set marked the replacement of the Franklin Half Dollar with the new John F. Kennedy Half Dollar.
Coins Included in 1950-1964 Proof Sets:
- Lincoln Cent
- Jefferson Nickel
- Roosevelt Dime *struck from 90% silver
- Washington Quarter *struck from 90% silver
- Franklin Half Dollar (1950-1963) or Kennedy Half Dollar (1964) *struck from 90% silver
In total, the three silver coins of the set have a total silver weight of 0.61487 ounces.