Beginning in 1999, the United States Mint debuted the 50-State Quarters® Program which featured five new annually designed quarters. Accordingly, the Silver Proof Sets were modified to include the additional quarters each year.
Previous to 1999, Silver Proof Sets included a total of five coins — a cent, nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar. Then in 1999, the number of coins went up to nine as the five 50-State Quarters were added. 2000 saw the inclusion of an additional strike, the Sacagawea Dollar, which gave each set a total of ten pieces. Finally, in 2007, the Presidential $1 Coins were added, making each set contain a total of fourteen coins.
In order to accommodate the increased number of strikes, the number of protective lenses encasing the coins also increased. When the state quarters were added, the U.S. Mint placed the quarters in their own case with the remaining denominations in a separate case. The Presidential dollars were also featured in their own lens when they made their debut.
Historical 1999-2008 Silver Proof Sets Melt Values
Throughout all of those changes, the same denomination were presented in 90% silver as had been established in previous years. This included the Roosevelt Dime, the Washington Quarters and the Kennedy Half Dollar. Remaining strikes were composed of their standard circulating composition. All strikes of each set were from the U.S. Mint’s facility in San Francisco.
Coins Included in the 1999-2008 Silver Proof Sets
- Lincoln Cent
- Jefferson Nickel
- Roosevelt Dime *struck from 90% silver
- Five Washington Quarters representing 50-State Quarters Program *struck from 90% silver
- Kennedy Half Dollar *struck from 90% silver
- Sacagawea Dollar (years 2000-2008)
- Four Presidential Dollars (years 2007-2008)
The seven silver coins of each set (Roosevelt Dime, Five Washington Quarters and Kennedy Half Dollar) have a total silver weight of 1.33823 ounces.