Proof Sets produced by the United States Mint for collectors are an extremely popular gift idea as well as a fun way to collect coins. Proof coins are minted from specially prepared, highly polished dies, giving them highly reflective, often deeply mirrored surfaces, sometimes with a frosted cameo appearance. The 1955 Proof Sets include a 90% silver Franklin Half Dollar, a 90% silver Washington quarter, a 90% silver Roosevelt Dime, a Jefferson Nickel and Lincoln Cent, and all five coins come packaged in their original cellophane in an outer manila envelope, just as they came from the US Mint.
In 1955, Proof Sets came more frequently in a square cardboard box, with each coin individually bagged and then the bags were stapled together and placed into the box. The box method was used for several years prior, and continued into 1955. More scarce are the “Flat Pack” 1955 Proof Sets, in which the coins were laid flat in cellophane and placed into a manila envelope – this method was continued through 1964.
Please note that due to the age of these sets, the packaging might show evidence of light to moderate handling; the outer manila envelopes might have some light to moderate scribbling on them, the envelopes might have been sliced open across the top or be slightly torn or tattered, etc., but the coins will be sealed in their original cellophane and the outer packaging will be in at least decent “handled” condition.