Designs of the 5 coins in the 1961 US Mint Proof Coin Set
The Lincoln Cent is the smallest denomination included in this 1961 US Mint Proof Coin Set. The portrait of Lincoln on the obverse includes his chest up. The detail in his full, curly hair and beard is brought out by the proof finish. America's motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST," is inscribed along the rim of the coin at the top. Behind Lincoln's neck is the word, "LIBERTY," while the year of mintage appears in the lower left. The Lincoln Memorial spans nearly the entire diameter of the reverse. The image of Lincoln seated in the middle is clearer on this version than on the others. Arching along the top half of the rim of the coin are the words, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," while "ONE CENT," the coin's face value, follows the rim on the bottom. The motto that appears on the Great Seal of the United States, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," is inscribed above the Memorial.
The Jefferson Nickel is the next step up in face value. America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, faces to the left of the coin. His hair is held back in a ponytail and falls down to his shoulders. In front of him, the American motto is inscribed along the rim. Behind him, also along the rim, is the word, "LIBERTY," and the year of mintage. Thomas Jefferson's famous home, Monticello, appears on the reverse and is identified with the inscription of its name immediately underneath it. The inscription under it, "FIVE CENTS," provides the coin's face value. "E PLURIBUS UNUM," is inscribed along the top part of the rim, while the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" follow the bottom of it.
The 10 Cent piece in this set bears the image of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt faces to the left, projecting a subtly confident image. "LIBERTY" is inscribed in front of his face along the rim of the coin, while the national motto appears under his chin. The year of mintage, "1961," is inscribed to the lower right. Just to the left of that are the initials "JS," for John Sinnock, the designer of the coin. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," arches along the rim of the reverse of this Roosevelt Dime. On the bottom are the words, "ONE DIME," the coin's face value. At the center of this side of the coin is a torch, a symbol of liberty. To one side of that is an olive branch, a symbol of peace, and to the other is an oak branch, which stands for strength. Inscribed through the image in the space at the bottom are the words, "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
The next step up in terms of face value is the Washington Quarter. The image of President Washington was created by John Flanagan, whose initials appear on Washington's neck. Alongside those initials are two more, "WC," which refer to William Cousins, who modified Flanagan's original design. Like Jefferson's on the nickel, President Washington's hair is held back in a ponytail. This portrait goes down to the base of his neck, under which is the inscription of the year of mintage, "1961." Under the President's chin is the national motto, while the word, "LIBERTY" is inscribed at the top of the coin along the rim. As with the Roosevelt dime, "IN GOD WE TRUST" is inscribed under Washington's chin. The reverse features an eagle with its wings partially spread. The eagle is perched upon arrows, which are symbolic of America's willingness to fight for its values. A wreath appears at the bottom. In the negative space between the eagle's wings and above its head is the motto from the Great Seal of the United States. Arching around the rim of the coin at the top are the words, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," while the face value, "QUARTER DOLLAR," is inscribed at the bottom.
The only coin in the set that does not bear the image of a president is the Ben Franklin Half Dollar. Ben faces to the right in an image that suggests he is in deep thought, which would be appropriate for a man of such intellect. As with some of the other coins in this set, the word "LIBERTY" is inscribed at the top. "IN GOD WE TRUST," follows the rim of the coin at the bottom. Between the end of that inscription and Franklin's neck is the year of mintage, "1963." The reverse of the coin features a large image of the Liberty Bell, which is situated in Philadelphia, the city to which Franklin moved when he was 17. The motto from the Great Seal is inscribed to the left of the bell, and there is an eagle to its right. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," identifies the country in which the coin is legal tender along the top, while "HALF DOLLAR," the coin's face value, appears at the bottom.
Why add this 1961 US Mint Proof Coin Set to your collection?
3,028,244 US Mint Proof Coin Sets were minted in 1961. These coins bring out the designs that were used in American coinage over half a century ago, some of which are still in use today. This set comes with a foil seal that bears the imprint, "US MINT PHILADELPHIA," which provides authentication. This set makes a great gift for anyone born in 1961, as well as those who are simply interested in historical coinage. Three of the coins contain real silver, there is: .36169 Troy oz. in the Franklin half dollar, .1808 Troy oz. in the Washington quarter, and .0723 Troy oz. in the Roosevelt dime.
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