The 2009 Silver Proof Set essentially continued the series of silver proof sets established years before as it contained proof quality examples of the circulating coins issued by the U.S. Mint for the year.
However, 2009 marked an anomaly for the sets as it included a total of six quarters instead of the five found in immediate previous issues. It also featured a total of four 2009 Lincoln cent coins instead of just one. Adding the quarters and the cents with the other denominations found in the set equaled a total of eighteen coins.
The number of quarter-dollars increased as the DC & US Territories Quarters issued that year consisted of a total of six strikes. Previous year’s saw five new 25-cent pieces issued annually as part of the 50-State Quarters® Program.
Historical 2009 Silver Proof Set Melt Values
Four Lincoln cents were included as the U.S. Mint celebrated the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln in 2009. Part of that celebration found four new circulating cents issued which represented four different stages in the life of Lincoln. These included the:
- Birthplace Cent,
- Formative Years Cent,
- Professional Life Cent, and
- Presidency Cent.
All coins of the collection were struck at the U.S. Mint’s facility in San Francisco. However, as with previous releases, only the dime, quarters and half dollar were composed of 90% silver. The coins were presented in protective lenses with the cent coins in one lens, the quarters in one lens, the Presidential $1 Coins in one lens and all remaining denominations in a final lens.
Coins Included in the 2009 Silver Proof Set
- Four Lincoln Cents
- Jefferson Nickel
- Roosevelt Dime *struck from 90% silver
- Six Washington Quarters representing the DC & US Territories Quarters Program *struck from 90% silver
- Kennedy Half Dollar *struck from 90% silver
- Native American Dollar
- Four Presidential Dollars
The eight silver coins of the proof set (Roosevelt Dime, six Washington Quarters and Kennedy Half Dollar) have a total silver weight of 1.51907 ounces.