United States Mint Director David Ryder signed nine 2019 United States Mint Proof Sets (19RG) during his visit to the San Francisco Mint on July 22. The sets will be randomly distributed through the Mint’s fulfillment center as orders are packaged and shipped to customers. Director Ryder’s signature appears on the product insert, the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and the product carton in each complete set, and each component has been numbered as well.
Since the 2019 United States Mint Proof Set went on sale on March 1, 2019, for $27.95, the Mint has sold 374,016 of the sets.
This year, each United States Mint Proof Set comes with a 2019-dated premium penny bearing a “W” mintmark for the West Point Mint where it was produced. This special coin is packaged separately in clear United States Mint plastic wrap.
The 2019 United States Mint Proof Set is the one of three sets to include an additional premium penny with a “W” mintmark this year. The United States Mint Silver Proof Set® includes an additional premium penny in a reverse proof finish, and the United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® includes an additional premium penny in an uncirculated finish.
The proof set includes the following 10 coins from the San Francisco Mint:
- Five America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coins honoring Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts), American Memorial Park (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam), San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas), and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho).
- One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design depicting Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.” The obverse design (heads) retains the central figure Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. The inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
- One Kennedy half dollar
- One Roosevelt dime
- One Jefferson nickel and
- One Lincoln penny.
The lenses are packaged in a decorative carton that features an image of the Washington Monument at sunrise on the front. The back of the carton displays images of each America the Beautiful Quarters national site honored in 2019 (along with the year in which it was first established as a national site, its name, and the host jurisdiction), and the partial obverses of the remaining coins. A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each set.
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About the U.S. Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.
The U.S. Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.