2006 US Proof Sets Available
Through the U.S. Mint Web site – usmint.gov – you can see what’s available for purchase online or you can order a catalog. Some coins have limited mintages and others are available for limited times, so don’t delay if you want to buy a particular coin or set.
Collectors who tarried earlier this year were shut out of the silver dollars commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. All four available coins – proof and uncirculated versions of the “Scientist” and “Founding Father” dollars – sold out quickly.
Available now are proof sets of the five state quarters that will be released this year – Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota. The proof set is $15.95 and the silver proof set is $23.95. The sets containing the five quarters and the other general circulation coins minted this year will be available later.
Just released is the American Eagle gold proof one-tenth-ounce coin. This is the collector’s version of the gold bullion investment coins produced by the mint. The obverse has Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ well-known figure of Liberty, while the reverse has a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying over a female in her nest with hatchlings. The one-tenth-ounce coin sells for $100 and has a mintage limit of 25,000.
The one-ounce ($770), quarter-ounce ($200) and four-coin proof sets ($1,350) also are still available. The half-ounce American Eagle ($385) will be available March 28.
Platinum proof versions of the American Eagle in the one-ounce, half-ounce and one-tenth-ounce mintages have sold out, as has the four-coin set. The quarter-ounce platinum American Eagle is still available for $410.
Across the pond: Great Britian’s 2006 Gold Proof Sovereigns are available for prices ranging from $185 for the half-sovereign to $2,245 for the four-coin set. For more information, log on to www.royalmint.com and click on the American flag at the top to get the prices in U.S. currency.