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Does Anybody Know How Much Proofs Cost Ordered From The Mint In The Old Days?

 
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 Posted 06/21/2022  11:16 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add dunkleosteus430 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
For example, if I wanted to purchase a proof Liberty nickel in, maybe, 1898 or a proof Morgan dollar in, um, 1895, how much of a premium would I have to pay?

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 Posted 06/21/2022  11:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atticguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just remember that when you go back in time, you'll have to pay with coinage of that time period. No zincolns allowed, and no credit cards.

Also, I don't think the Mint actually sold proof coins to the general public back then; but I may be mistaken. I'm sure someone else here can give us the real scoop.
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 Posted 06/21/2022  11:37 am  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am not exactly sure either. I remember reading about how collectors could have just requested a proof to be made for them, or rarer examples set aside for them. Keep in mind, that was probably when there were just a handful big time collectors. Early to mid 19th century. I can't recall the source, so I could be mistaken.
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 Posted 06/21/2022  11:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Proof sets from the mint started at $1.89 then went to $2.10 .Then again to $5.00 . All depending on the dates which started in 1936 .

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 Posted 06/21/2022  11:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As mentioned, sets started in 1936. Issue prices are listed in the Red Book.
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 Posted 06/21/2022  11:53 am  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe the OP is asking more on the side of 19th century proofs. All "modern" proof sets 1936-date original purchase prices are listed in the RedBook.
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 Posted 06/21/2022  12:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I recall running across correspondence in the mint records from that era, something like $1.25 for a $1.00 proof - don't quote me on that - but the premium was very small.
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 Posted 06/21/2022  12:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dunkleosteus430 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think @kbbpll had the information I was looking for, but all responses are appreciated. And @atticguy, if I went back to 1895 with an AU Morgan dollar and an XF Seated Liberty quarter, for $1.25, and the coins cost me about $75, it would definitely be worth buying the 1895 Morgan
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 Posted 06/21/2022  4:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pmint1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah but for only the AU Morgan you could find a gem unc 1893-S and not worry about messing with the mint for a proof. Maybe for the 1804 it would be worth the hassle.
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 Posted 06/21/2022  5:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Though not an answer to the OP's question, this article might be of interest: https://www.ngccoin.com/news/articl...proof-coins/
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