The United States Mint will begin sales of the 2011 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:00 Noon ET.
Each set includes proof versions of the 2011 Presidential Dollars featuring Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James Garfield. All of these coins were previously released in January within the full 2011 Proof Set, as well as the 2011 Silver Proof Set.
The coins are housed in a single plastic lens within an outer cardboard box featuring the US Mint’s new branding. The four coin sets are priced at $19.95 each, which represents a $4 increase from the cost of last year’s set.
In previous years, the Presidential Dollar Proof Sets have been released many months prior to the full annual proof sets. This was likely done purposely to provide an incentive to buy the separate component sets– coins could be acquired much earlier in the year. Without this incentive and with the difficult to justify $4 price increase, it seems likely that sales of the 2011 Presidential Dollar Proof Set will be way down from last year.
The 2010 Presidential Dollar Proof Set had sold 224,426 units within the first three days of availability. The most recent figures indicate that sales have reached 519,553. Will this year’s set manage to reach even half these levels?