Coins  1982 Proof
Set
The US Mint used the same box design of the earlier two years, but the 1982 proof set included only five coins.
A medal replaced the dollar coin since no dollars were minted in 1982. This would be the last year for this package
design for the proof sets. The proof set's five coins were the Lincoln cent, Jefferson nickel, Roosevelt dime,
Washington quarter and Kennedy half dollar for a total face value of $0.91. In 1982, the US Mint charged $11 for
the annual proof set.
1982 Proof Set Package
On the shiny black outer box of the 1982 proof set, silvercolored script identifies the "United States Proof
Set" with "1982" centered below. The box measures 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 wrap the lens protecting the coins.
On the back of the proof set box, the silvercolored diagram shows how
to remove the coins' lens from the black plastic case and insert the lens for display. At the top, the box includes
an indention to easily pull the proof coins from their enclosure.
The proof coins held in the black plastic display slide out from the top
of the box.
1982 Proof Set Contents and Proof Coins
In order to view the other side of the coins, the lens slides out of the
black plastic holder and display stand.
On the front of the black plastic (see picture above), "UNITED STATES
PROOF SET" is written in raised letters coated in silver colored paint. On the opposite side, a silver coated
heraldic eagle decorates the center of the black plastic.
For an upright display, the proof set lens inserts between the lettered
edge and the two black tabs, one on each side.
Most likely due to the lack of public interest in the Susan B. Anthony dollar, no dollar coins were minted in
1982 through 1998. For the 1982 proof set, the US Mint included a medal in the dollar slot of the lens.
Also in 1982, the price increases for copper changed the composition of the Lincoln cent for the circulating
pennies during the year to a copper plated zinc. But, the proof cents in the 1982 proof sets contained the copper
alloy, 95% copper and 5% zinc.
The red plastic insert holds the five coins and one medal securely
between the clear outer plastic of the lens. At the lower left, the obverse of the medal shows the Department of
the Treasury seal.
Turning the proof set over to view the reverse, the medal in the upper
left corner includes the heraldic eagle with "UNITED STATES PROOF SET" around the medal's edge.
1982 Proof Set Coin Specifications
The specifications for the coins in the 1982 annual Proof Set:
Denomination 
Cent 
Five Cent 
Dime 
Quarter 
Half Dollar 
Obverse

Lincoln

Jefferson

Roosevelt

Washington

Kennedy

Designed by

V.D. Brenner

Felix Schlag

John R. Sinnock

John
Flanagan

Gilroy
Roberts

Reverse

Lincoln Memorial

Montecello

Torch, Olive Branch, Oak Branch

Heraldic Eagle

Heraldic Eagle

Designed by

Frank
Gasparro

Felix Schlag

John R. Sinnock

John Flanagan

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

Standard
Weight

3.110 g

5.000 g

2.268 g

5.670 g

11.340 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

Edge

Plain

Plain

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."
1982 Proof Set Year Population and Cost of Living
The world population in 1982 was 4,615,594,636. This represents 67.4% of the world's population in 2010.
$100 in 1982 equals $225.96 in 2010 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Inflation Calculator.
New houses in 1982 cost an average of $83,900 which would be $189,580 in 2010 dollars.
The average income was $14,531 per year which equals $32,835 in 2010 dollars.
Gas was $1.222 per gallon which would be $2.761 in 2010 money.
The average new car was $9,890 equivalent to $22,348 in 2010.
(Chart views into the cost of living changes throughout the Proof Set
years)
