1986-S United States Clad Proof Set GEM Proof in Original Mint Packaging
This 1986-S United States Clad Proof Set had the lowest mintage of any proof set of the 1970’s and 1980’s. The set comes in a Mint envelope and has all five of its coins in a purple cardboard holder. All of the coins in the set were minted in San Francisco, which is why they all have a “S” mint mark. These coins have a proof finish, which makes them stand apart from the coins that were minted for circulation.
Designs in the 1986-S United States Clad Proof Set
While the proof finish is unique to this 1986-S United States Clad Proof Set, the designs on the coins are the same as those of the circulated versions. In each case, the coin borrows its name from the president whose image is on the obverse. As such, they are known as the Kennedy half dollar, the Washington quarter, the Roosevelt dime, the Jefferson nickel, and the Lincoln cent, which is also referred to as the Lincoln penny. The Lincoln cent is unique among the images in that it is the only one on which the president faces to the right side of the coin. Along with the nickel, it also has the President’s shoulders included in the image, something that differentiates these effigies from the others. The inscriptions on all five of the obverses match. Those inscriptions include the word “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” which is the national motto, the year of mintage, “1986,” and the mint mark.
The images on the reverses vary considerably, with only the half dollar and quarter sharing similar images. Both have eagles holding an olive branch and arrows. The dime features a torch, which is flanked by an oak branch and an olive branch. The other two have images of buildings that are relevant to the presidents on the obverse, the Lincoln Memorial in the case of the penny and Monticello, Jefferson’s Virginia home, on the nickel. As with the obverse, though, there are also similarities when it comes to the inscriptions. For one, all have the face values noted. They also have the name of the country of issue, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and the phrase “E PLURIBUS UNUM” (From many, one), which was taken from the Great Seal of the United States.
|Year of Issue:||1986|
|Packaging:||Original Government Packaging|
|Legal Tender:||United States|