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The 1979-S Type 2 Proof Set
1979 saw two different mint mark punches used during the production of dies for the year. The first type of mint mark, or the "type 1" Mint mark, is a bulky filled-in mark that barely resembles the letter 'S' - it was first used in 1974, and had seen better days when it was used in 1979. This is the reason it was exchanged for a smaller, clearer 'S' mint mark that year. They are very easy to distinguish from one another, because the type 2 Mint mark - or the 'clear-S' - is a small and very distinct S shape.
From denomination to denomination the number believed to exist vary because the dies were not all changed out at the same time. For cents, nickels, dimes, and quarters the number of type 1 to type 2 mint marks do not vary enough to warrant much premium for either style (although values do vary), it is the half dollar and especially the dollar coin where the type of mint mark really matter. Type 1 Kennedy half dollars and Susan B. Anthony dollars are easy to find, while their type 2 counterparts are considered scarce and valuable. Type 2 Susan B. Anthony dollars are especially hard to find and command a very high premium.
Designs of coins in the 1979-S US Mint Proof Coin Set (Type 2)
As is usual with the US Mint, it released a released a Mint Proof Coin Set in 1979, from the San Francisco Mint. This set included all denominations minted for circulation that year, with the “S” Mint mark of the San Francisco Mint.
In the upper left of the display box of this 1979-S US Mint Proof Coin Set is the famed Kennedy Half Dollar. This coin has an image of John F. Kennedy with a confident pose facing the left side of the obverse. It is inscribed with “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and the year. On the reverse of the coin is a detailed image of a Heraldic Eagle, with the inscriptions of “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “HALF DOLLAR.”
To the right of the Kennedy Half Dollar is the Susan B. Anthony Dollar, which was only minted in four years, 1979-1981 and then 1999. The obverse of this coin features an engraving of Susan B. Anthony, with a determined facial expression. Inscribed around the design are “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and the year, “1979.” On the reverse is a wonderful design of a moon landing, and has an eagle holding an olive branch on the moon’s surface. Inscribed on this design are “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and the denomination, “ONE DOLLAR.”
The classic Washington Quarter completes the top half of the display. President Washington faces to the left side of the coin with a stern look on his face. Under his chin and off to the left, America’s motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” followed by “1979,” and the word “LIBERTY” appears at the top. On the reverse of this quarter is an eagle, wings spread and perched on a bundle of arrows. Around this design are the inscriptions of, “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The fourth coin in this 1979-S US Mint Proof Coin Set is the Jefferson Nickel. Jefferson faces to the left of the coin and is portrayed with a serious but not unfriendly facial expression. The inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “LIBERTY 1979” also appear around this design. On the reverse, there is an image of Jefferson’s plantation, Monticell. Inscribed below the design is “MONTICELL,” and around it are the inscriptions “FIVE CENTS,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
The next coin in this 1979-S US Mint Proof Coin Set is the Lincoln Cent, or Lincoln Penny as it is often called. Lincoln faces to the right side of the coin, surrounded by the inscriptions “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and the year “1979.” The initials of the designer of the coin, “VDB” (Victor David Brenner), appear on Lincoln’s shoulder. The reverse features the Lincoln Memorial, one of Washington D.C.’s most recognizable and visited landmarks. It is inscribed with “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “ONE CENT.”
Rounding out this 1979-S US Mint Proof Coin Set is the Roosevelt Dime. On the coin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt faces to the left With a calm, confident look on his face. “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “1979,” and “LIBERTY,” are inscribed on the coin. Three vertical images, an olive branch, a torch, and an oak branch, dominate the reverse. They are intended to represent peace, liberty, and strength, respectively. Inscribed around this design is “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “ONE DIME.”
Why add this 1979-S US Mint Proof Coin Set (Type 2) to your collection?
The 1979-S Mint Proof Coin Set includes coins that were minted later in the year and bear the second type of mint mark used on proof coins that year. Numbers are generally equal for many of the smaller denomination coins, but for the half dollar and - especially - the dollar coins, the clearer type 2 mint mark are considered scarce and valuable.
This 1979-S U.S. Proof Coin Set (Type 2) GEM Proof OGP is proudly minted by the U.S. Mint. The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and manufactures circulating, collectible, and bullion coinage.
|Year of Issue:||1979|
|Packaging:||Original Government Packaging|
|Legal Tender:||United States|