Adding another unique aspect to the series, in 2015 and 2016 the United States Mint produced and issued Reverse Proof Presidential Dollars. These coins were only included within special numismatic sets offered in very limited production runs.
The reverse proof finish is created by inverting the frosting pattern used for typical modern proof coins. A typical proof will display frosted raised design elements and inscriptions against a mirrored background. A reverse proof coin will display the opposite effect of mirrored raised design elements and inscriptions against a frosted background. The US Mint has utilized the reverse proof format across many different modern coin series.
On multiple occasions, the reverse proof finish has been used for the American Silver Eagle. To celebrate the respective 20th and 10th anniversaries, the format was used for the American Gold Eagle and American Platinum Eagle. An individual 2013 Reverse Proof American Gold Buffalo coin was issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the design. Finally, a reverse proof Kennedy Half Dollar and Roosevelt Dime have been issued as part of special numismatic sets.
The Reverse Proof Presidential Dollars were issued as part of Coin and Chronicles Sets issued by the United States Mint in 2015 and 2016. Separate sets were issued for Presidents Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan. Each set contained a reverse proof version of the Presidential Dollar, along with a 99.9% silver Presidential Medal, postage stamp, and informational booklet. The reverse proof coins were exclusive to the sets.
The four sets issued in 2015 were issued at an original price of $57.95. The sets for Truman and Eisenhower were limited to just 17,000 units. The set for Kennedy was limited to 50,000 units, and the set for Johnson was limited to 25,000 units. The 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles Set included a Proof Silver Eagle rather than the silver medal and was priced at $68.95 with a production limit of 150,000 units.
The inclusion of a specially minted Presidential Dollar proved to be a strong draw for collectors. Each of the 2015 sets promptly sold out and went on to command sharp premiums on the secondary market.