Coins - 1992 Proof
For the 1992 annual proof set, the US Mint packaged five proof coins with face value of 91 cents in a purple
textured outer box. They also included a certificate of authenticity on purple card stock. The US Mint initially
sold the 1992 proof set for $11 each as they had the previous eleven sets. Proof versions of the Lincoln penny,
Jefferson nickel, Roosevelt dime, Washington quarter and Kennedy half dollar were included in the set.
1992 Proof Set Package
The 1992 proof set was the ninth year of the outer box made of a textured purple card stock. Silver-colored
script along the top flap stated "United States Mint Proof Set • 1992." The purple color of the box is a cross
between purple and burgundy. To hold the proof coins, the box dimensions are roughly 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches by
Like the earlier purple proof sets, a silver-colored heraldic eagle is centered on the opposite side of the box.
This eagle, from the Great Seal of the United States, holds an olive branch and arrows in its talons while a banner
showing "E PLURIBUS UNUM" streams from its beak. A circle with thirteen stars rests above the eagle's head and a
shield with thirteen bars covers the eagle's chest.
The upper flap with the written script moves from under the edge of the box to allow access to the proof set.
The protective lens holding the five proof coins slides out of the box in order to view both the obverse and
reverse of the coins.
1992 Proof Set Contents and Proof Coins
The 1992 proof set includes the purple textured outer box, the
protective lens holding the five proof coins and a pale purple card detailing the Proof Set Certificate of Authenticity and
The 1992 proof set year did not yield any known varieties. However, the Mint's artists did slightly
modify the dies to give greater detail in some of the characteristics. For example, compare the part in Kennedy's
hair to earlier sets - it contains more definition. Other characteristics in the Lincoln and Washington portraits
were strengthened as well.
Also in 1992, the US Mint continued their Prestige Proof
Set program. The 1992 Prestige Proof Set contained the five
regular proof coins along with a commemorative silver dollar showing a baseball pitcher ready to throw a pitch and
a cupro-nickel clad half dollar with a gymnast in mid-jump. These coins recognized the athletes of the 25th
Olympiad held in 1992.
The purple card stock holds the five proof coins between the protective plastic in the 1992 proof
set. The coins' obverse images with their frosted finish contrasts with the mirror-like finish of the background. A
clear, raised script shows "United States Mint Proof Set" across the bottom of the set. In the upper left corner,
smaller, clear block letters state "PACKAGED BY U.S. MINT."
The frosting of the reverse designs shows clearly on the opposite side of the lens. Another heraldic eagle, same
as on the outer box, is centered above the Kennedy half dollar in a clear raised plastic contrasting with the
purple card stock.
Click on the 1992 Proof Set
Certificate of Authenticity and Coin Specifications to view the details about the individual coins in the
annual proof set.
1992 Proof Set Year Population and Cost of Living
The world population in 1992 was 5,456,702,211. This represents 79.6% of the world's population in 2010.
$100 in 1992 equals $155.42 in 2010 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Inflation Calculator.
New houses in 1992 cost an average of $144,100 which would be $223,960 in 2010 dollars.
The average income was $22,935 per year which equals $35,646 in 2010 dollars.
Gas was $1.127 per gallon which would be $1.752 in 2010 money.
The average new car was $16,336 equivalent to $25,389 in 2010.
(Chart views into the cost of living changes throughout the Proof Set