Silver vs. Premier Silver Proof Sets

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  1. vincent2920

    vincent2920 Senior Member

    I've seen a few things that indicate the coins in the regular Silver Proof Sets and the Premier Silver Proof Sets are the same. Can anyone shed some light on this. If they are the same why is there such a difference in the prices ?
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  3. coleguy

    coleguy Coin Collector

    Only difference I see is the box it comes in. Either cardboard or cardboard with fake leather wrapped around it.
  4. That sounds about right. No need to pay the extra premium for the premier as the coins are the same in the two sets. TC
  5. onecenter

    onecenter Member

    The only difference was upgraded packaging. There was no difference in the coins themselves.
  6. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    As the guys before me have stated, there really is no difference. Originally, these sets sold for a hefty premium when purchased from the mint. A few years ago I was playin' "catch up" with my silver proof sets and the guy I was dealing with, gave them to me for the same price as the regular silver proofs. Just pretty packaging and nothing more.....;)
  7. Phil Ham

    Phil Ham Hamster

    Here is a quick summary of the silver proof sets, silver premier sets, and silver prestige sets from 1983 to 1998:

    1983 Silver Prestige
    1984 Silver Prestige
    1985 None
    1986 Silver Prestige
    1987 Silver Prestige
    1988 Silver Prestige
    1989 Silver Prestige
    1990 Silver Prestige
    1991 Silver Prestige
    1992 Silver and Silver Premier
    1993 Silver, Silver Premier, and Silver Prestige
    1994 Silver, Silver Premier, and Silver Prestige
    1995 Silver, Silver Premier, and Silver Prestige
    1996 Silver, Silver Premier, and Silver Prestige
    1997 Silver, Silver Premier, and Silver Prestige
    1998 Silver, Silver Premier

    The silver premier sets contain a commemorative silver dollar from the year and usually the lowest mintage of the three sets (93 and 94 the silver premier set had lower mintage). The silver premier sets have less mintage than the silver proof sets (packaging can be everything).
  8. Shoewrecky

    Shoewrecky Coin Hoarder

    Phil just a little fyi,
    the 95 and 96 have the lowest mintage (107012 and 55000) 93 and 94 (191140 and 149320). :)

  9. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Dear me, I was just commenting on the silver sets of the '90's....Was that not where the original question was directed?
  10. Phil Ham

    Phil Ham Hamster

    Yes, but I got very confused with all the proof sets in the 90's. Thus, I felt compelled to tell some history.
  11. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    I've often wondered the same thing. I have many silver and silver premier sets from the '90s. Perhaps it's like everyone says, "it's just the packaging"...and it likely is, but (to me) the coins in the Premier sets look spectacular!

    As an experiment, it would be interesting to crack out ten (10) Kennedy halves from each type of set and send them in for grading...just to see. :hatch:
  12. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    There is something that needs to be noted here - the Prestige sets contained ordinary clad coins. Only the dollar coins were silver.
  13. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    Thanks! :thumb:...I was going to say something, but thought they might known something I didn't.
  14. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Indeed. I think we were mixing premiier with presitige. I know I was....
  15. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    And confusion reigns.

    What Phil described and called Premier sets was actually the Prestige sets. And then when he said "and usually the lowest mintage of the three sets (93 and 94 the silver premier set had lower mintage)." he meant that the Prestige set usually had the lowest mintage of the three sets each year that they made all three, but that in 93 and 94 the Premier set had the lowest mintage for those years, not the absolute lowest for the series. Shoewrecky is right that the95 and 96 premier sets had the lowest mintages for the series, but not the lowest mintage of the three sets for those years. The Prestige sets had lower mintages than the premier sets in 95 and 96.
  16. Shoewrecky

    Shoewrecky Coin Hoarder

    Thanks for the clarification...I should have caught that.
  17. treylxapi47

    treylxapi47 Well-Known Member


    Now can someone help me out cause I am seeing 2 different answers. Were there any silver proof sets issued after 1964 but before 1992? With the 76 Bicentennial being an exception since I already know that one had some issued with silver.

    The poster I quoted said from like 1984-1991 there were silver sets but my red book says otherwise and I need to know for my silver quarter collection.
  18. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    There were no silver proof sets produced between 1964 and 1992. There were sets produced (prestige) that contained a silver dollar, but that's all the silver you get.
  19. treylxapi47

    treylxapi47 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for clarifying that for me. With that info it looks like I already had my bases covered.

    Thanks again!
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