1992 marked the introduction of a new type of set from the United States Mint — Silver Proof Sets. These new releases contained proof quality examples of the circulating coins issued by the U.S. Mint with the added feature that some of those coins were struck from 90% silver.
The included silver coins were the Kennedy Half Dollar, the Washington Quarter and the Roosevelt Dime. The Jefferson Nickel and the Lincoln Cent issued in the set were composed of their standard circulating compositions. All five coins were from the United States Mint’s facility in San Francisco.
Packaging for the Silver Proof Sets also proved to be somewhat unique and appealing to the eye. The packaging used the standard plastic display case but with a black insert which contrasted well against the coins inside the set. On the black insert were the words "United States Mint Proof Set" along with a smaller "Silver" description placed between the three silver coins. After 1998, similar sets would also be issued but packaging and included coins would change as the U.S. Mint started the 50-State Quarters Program.
Historical 1992-1998 Silver Proof Sets Melt Values
Also of note, from 1992-1998, the U.S. Mint also issued Silver Premier Proof Sets. These sets contained the same five coins as the standard silver proof sets but came with more ornate packaging.
Coins Included in the 1992-1998 Silver Proof Sets
- Lincoln Cent
- Jefferson Nickel
- Roosevelt Dime *struck from 90% silver
- Washington Quarter *struck from 90% silver
- Kennedy Half Dollar *struck from 90% silver
The three silver coins of the sets have a total silver weight of 0.61487 ounces.