Readers Ask column from Dec. 14, 2015, issue of Coin World:
page 104 of the October issue of Coin World, I’m looking at values for
Proof sets, 1983, and the listing is 1983-S and 1983-S Prestige. How
can one tell if a Proof set is just “S” or “S Prestige”?
Kreoll / via email
standard Proof set produced and issued by the U.S. Mint contains coins
that have frosted devices against mirrored fields and represent the
circulating denominations for the specific year.
Prestige Proof set for a particular year not only contains the same
circulating denomination coins in Proof, but also incorporates one or
more commemorative coins for that year, most often a silver dollar,
also in Proof.
commemorative coin selected for inclusion in the Prestige Proof set is
usually from the first commemorative coin program released in the
calendar year, if more than one commemorative coin program is
scheduled for the year.
Prestige Proof set was introduced in 1983 with the Los Angeles Olympic
Coin Program. The Prestige Proof set for that year includes Proof
strikes, with an S Mint mark indicating production at the San
Francisco Mint, of the Lincoln cent, Jefferson 5-cent coin, Roosevelt
dime, Washington quarter dollar and Kennedy half dollar, along with a
1983-S Los Angeles Olympic silver dollar.
an original issue price of $59 for the 1983-S Prestige Proof set, sets
still in their original Mint packaging have sold on eBay recently for
as low as $21 to as high as $64.10.
Olympic-themed Prestige Proof set was issued in 1984 with the 1984-S
Olympic silver dollar and that year’s regular Proof coins. No Prestige
Proof set was issued in 1985 since no commemorative coin program was
approved for that year. The Prestige Proof set became an annual
offering starting in 1986.
last year for a Prestige Proof set was 1997. The set for that year
includes the 1997-S Botanic Garden silver dollar. Originally offered
at $44, the six-coin set in its original Mint packaging has achieved
prices realized ranging from $36.95 to $69.95 in recent eBay sales.