Proof Sets: 1959 - 1964

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  1. James Boat

    James Boat Member

    I have several proof sets from 1959 through 1964. Red Book shows the values to be between $22 and $32 each. Is that an appropriate estimate? There doesn't look to be anything special in that date range.

    Thank you in advance,


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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Best way is to look online and see what they have been selling for. I doubt you'll $20 for each.
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  4. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    I have from 1968 to 1998 but pretty much $10 but good set for next gen!
    Maybe being a few years earlier a little more
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  5. James Boat

    James Boat Member

    Thanks- here's a picture of two sets from 1960. Both are in a plastic case. Did someone just open a proof set and place it in the case? The top is quite shiny - much shinier than the one on the bottom.

  6. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    I do see allot of coin rotation that's odd? Usually pretty tight.
    Even still blue book $15-18
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  7. ShinyCircles

    ShinyCircles Member

    Opened 1959-1964 in cello and original envelope sell for around $25-$35 each on eBay.
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  8. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    about right 20% between red/blue
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  9. JeffC

    JeffC Hogwarts Numismatist Apprentice Supporter

    Wow, in those days the accompanying note was kind of "stern." :)
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  10. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    From 1956 they came in a pliofilm plastic package like post #1. These have been cut out and placed in snap together aftermarket holders. The placement for rotation is up to the person who put them in the holder.
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  11. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    Yeah, how 'bout that. Rae doesn't come off as warm and fuzzy, does she?
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  12. JeffC

    JeffC Hogwarts Numismatist Apprentice Supporter

    We tell you this to save us both unnecessary correspondence! I'm scared to even write to her now!
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  13. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    Write to her? I did nothing wrong, and I'm afraid to even say hello. She's so tough, the Red Sea parted because it wanted to get out of HER way!
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  14. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Melt value alone on pre 1964 Proof sets are almost $17... I would pay $20 each all day long...all you need is one cameo Ben...
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  15. JeffC

    JeffC Hogwarts Numismatist Apprentice Supporter

    I recall having seen an old set with a note and so I went to look for it tonight. I have a 1960 with a similar note from her, but shorter. I noticed something else... The set I have is from 1960 and the note was dated 1959 (bottom small print). Strangely, the OP's set is from 1959 but the note is dated 1960. Anyway, the note with the later date had more explanations and she indicated "(Mrs.)" Maybe all the unnecessary correspondence were addressed to a Mr. Rae V. Biester before.
  16. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    She needs a name change, Brutus V. Biester.

    If there should appear---what may seem to you---a defect or a scratch on a coin---YOU ARE WRONG! We are perfect, make no mistakes, and we will not welcome any questions contrary to this fact.

    We tell you this to save YOU unnecessary correspondence. Now go and enjoy your perfect coins, from my perfect minting process, checked by my perfect Quality Control Experts. Thank you for leaving with your tail between your sorry legs.
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  18. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    It will depend on the individual coins. Often the mint ply packaging had pinhole that would lead to spot toning on individual coins. I would go $35.00 for sets without spots.
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  19. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    to be fair, this was 1959-1960, it was a simpler time, rotary phones, no email, no fax, just the pony express and the telegraph. I'm sure "correspondence" was a chore in those days to resolve an issue which we take for granted nowadays.

    I can totally see "RAE" getting snarky with nitpickers trying to nip it in the bud before they do it.

    LOL the note reads like "your judgement is impaired, mine is perfect, you aren't getting a refund so go cry to yer momma!"
  20. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

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  21. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    The second 1960 set looks like a Mint State or business strike to me, not a Proof.

    The coins are turned in the holes because they tend to move in those holders. I don’t care for those holders for that reason. I don’t like any holder that rattles or lets the coin move. I like the Capital Plastics holders, but they are more expensive and not worth the cost if you are looking to sell the coins.

    The sets up to and including 1964 contain 90% silver coins. That puts a floor under their value.
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