Coins  1980 Proof
Set
For the 1980 proof set, the US Mint introduced a new, smaller package design for the six coins by taking
advantage of the smaller diameter of the dollar coin. The proof set contained six coins: the Lincoln cent,
Jefferson nickel, Roosevelt dime, Washington quarter, Kennedy half dollar and Susan B. Anthony dollar which equaled
$1.91 in face value. The initial price from the US Mint for the 1980 proof sets was $10.00 each.
1980 Proof Set Package
The new design for the 1980 proof set, which continued for 1981 and 1982, used a similar shiny black outer box
with silver script identifying the set as "United States Proof Set" with "1980" centered underneath. The box
differs, however, in its dimensions of roughly 3 1/2 inches by 4 7/8 inches by 1/2 inches. Also, the box is open at
the top unlike earlier and later proof set boxes that enclose the lens holding the coins.
Like the earlier black proof sets, the 1980 proof set included a display
stand. But, the new design introduced a separate piece of plastic to hold the lens with the proof coins. The back
of the proof set box showed, in silver colored outline, how to remove the lens and place it in the display
easel.
Rather than having an enclosed box, the 1980 proof set has an open edge
where the proof coins' lens in its display stand holder enter and exit the box.
1980 Proof Set Contents and Proof Coins
After removing the proof coins' lens in its black holder from the proof set box, the lens slides out of the
black plastic holder.
The lens holding the six coins and the black plastic display stand are
two physically separate pieces. On one side of the black plastic holder (seen above) "UNITED STATES PROOF SET" is
centered across the bottom in raised, silvercolored letters. A silvercolored heraldic eagle is centered on the
opposite side of the black plastic.
To display, the lens holding the proof coins is inserted in the space
between the two black tabs and the edge with the letters.
For the most part, the 1980 proof sets included cameo and ultracameo proof coins. In rare cases as a variety,
collectors find a repunched mint mark on the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
The coins are held in individual circles in a red plastic insert sealed between two clear plastic covers. The
dime, penny and nickel are spaced evenly across the top of the proof set with the dollar, half dollar and quarter
across the bottom.
Turning the lens over, the reverse of the coins can be readily seen
through the clear plastic cover.
1980 Proof Set Coin Specifications
The specifications for the coins in the 1980 annual Proof Set:
Denomination 
Cent 
Five Cent 
Dime 
Quarter 
Half Dollar 
Dollar 
Obverse

Lincoln

Jefferson

Roosevelt

Washington

Kennedy

Susan B. Anthony

Designed by

V.D. Brenner

Felix Schlag

John R. Sinnock

John
Flanagan

Gilroy
Roberts

Frank
Gasparro

Reverse

Lincoln Memorial

Montecello

Torch, Olive Branch, Oak Branch

Heraldic Eagle

Heraldic Eagle

Apollo 11 Insignia, Eagle on Moon

Designed by

Frank
Gasparro 
Felix Schlag 
John R. Sinnock 
John Flanagan

Frank Gasparro

Frank Gasparro

Composition

95% Copper, 5% Zinc

25% Nickel, 75% Copper

CuproNickel Clad, 8.33% Ni, Balance Cu

CuproNickel Clad, 8.33% Ni, Balance Cu

CuproNickel Clad, 8.33% Ni, Balance Cu

CuproNickel Clad, 8.33% Ni, Balance Cu 
Standard
Weight

3.110 g

5.000 g

2.268 g

5.670 g

11.340 g

8.100 g

Standard
Diameter

0.750 in 19.05 mm

0.835 in 21.21 mm

0.705 in 17.91 mm

0.955 in
24.26 mm

1.205 in
30.61 mm

1.04 in
26.5 mm

Edge

Plain

Plain

Reeded

Reeded

Reeded

Reeded

In later sets, the US Mint advises, "To preserve the beauty of your Proof Set, it should be stored in a cool, dry
place."
1980 Proof Set Year Population and Cost of Living
The world population in 1980 was 4,452,942,594. This represents 65.0% of the world's population in 2010.
$100 in 1980 equals $264.63 in 2010 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Inflation Calculator.
New houses in 1980 cost an average of $76,400 which would be $202,177 in 2010 dollars.
The average income was $12,513 per year which equals $33,114 in 2010 dollars.
Gas was $1.191 per gallon which would be $3.152 in 2010 money.
The average new car was $7,574 equivalent to $20,043 in 2010. (Chart
views into the cost of living changes throughout the Proof Set years)
