Most Valuable US Early Proof Sets 1856-1914
Early Proof Sets   

These early proof sets were not normally issued to the general public but were given as gifts to government officials and dignitaries and some, like the 1890 sets, only contained the cent and the nickel. The list above is sets put together by collectors and represent all or most of the proof issues of each given year.  

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Top 10 Most Valuable US Early Proof Sets By Date

  1. 1911 Four-Piece Matte Proof Gold Proof Set, NGC Certified. Sold For: $161,000
  2. 1914 Nine-Piece Proof Set. Sold For: $149,500
  3. 1890 10-Piece Proof Set NGC. Sold For: $138,000
  4. 1895 Proof Set, Cent to Dollar, PR65 to PR67 NGC. Sold For: $94,875
  5. 1895 Six-Piece Proof Set NGC. Sold For: $86,250
  6. 1879 1C Proof Set NGC. Sold For: $70,150
  7. 1883 Proof Set NGC (Most) Certified. Sold For: $69,000
  8. 1865 Seven-Piece Silver and Nickel Proof Set With Original Box NGC Sold For: $69,000.00
  9. 1856 Nine-Piece Proof Set NGC. Sold For: $69,000.00
  10. 1866 MS Ten-Piece Proof Set PCGS. Sold For: $63,250


These are early and certified proof sets only for the above values and do not include an applicable buyer's premiums.

Source: Updated February 2015
Most valuable Proof Sets 1856-1914 values
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The above list is the Top Ten sold values for United States Proof Sets 1856-1914 and the number one proof set on this list is the most this proof set date has ever sold for publically.

These values do not apply to raw sets or proof sets in any other holder; these values only apply to proof sets graded and certified by PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) or NGC (Numismatic Guarantee Corporation). Also, a few of these sets holders have CAC (Certified Acceptance Corporation) stickers and this is considered further assurance that the set is the grade and condition stated on the holder's label.

You can't buy or sell United States 1856-1914 Proof Sets for the prices listed in this website unless they're in the same grading company holder, same grade, variety and condition, even then there's no guarantee your proof set will sell for the same value.

If you want to learn the value of your United States 1856-1914 Proof Sets, then you must know the proof set's grade, condition, and if it's authentic. You do this by taking your proof set to a reputable coin dealer or sending your proof set to PCGS or NGC (fees do apply with these services). If you're not interested in sending your proof set to a third party grading service then you should do some research and find a reputable coin dealer instead. I recommend a PCGS Coin Dealer since at least three of their piers have to vouch for them to be a PCGS Dealer.

If you can't find a PCGS Coin Dealer then look for local ANA members or coin clubs. In the mean time you can get an idea of your US 1856-1914 Proof Sets value and grade by visiting CoinHELP! website.