In addition to the coins minted for general circulation, the United States Mint also produces Proof Presidential Dollars (Buy on eBay). These specially minted coins were issued within annual sets from 2007 to 2016. The Mint also issued other numismatic products created for collectors.
Each coin in the series is anticipated to have a Proof version. These coins follow the release schedule of their circulating counterparts, typically unveiling all four annual designs simultaneously at the start of each year. The 2020 George H.W. Bush Presidential Dollar is the only exception. Instead, the Mint released Reverse Proof version.
Proof quality coins are created by the U.S. Mint through a special production process. The coins are struck multiple times from specially prepared dies, which create sharp features and a cameo finish. The raised design elements appear frosted, while the background fields appear mirrored. As a result, the portraits and lettering appear to float on reflective, liquid-like fields. All Proof coins are currently produced at the San Francisco Mint and bear the “S” mint mark.
Sets Containing Proof Presidential Dollars
- Annual Proof Sets (2007-2016)
- Annual Silver Proof Sets (2007-2016)
- American Legacy Collections (2007-2008)
- Presidential Dollar Proof Sets (2007-present)
- Individual Presidential Dollar Proof Coins (2007-2008)
- Presidential Dollar Historical Signature Sets (2007-2008)
Third party coin grading companies such as PCGS and NGC will encapsulate Proof Presidential Dollars and assign a grade. Because of the special minting process, higher grades are possible, with many coins receiving the top grade of PCGS PR70DCAM or NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo.