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Coins - 1992 Proof Set


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 3/8 inch.

1992 Proof Set 

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.

1992 Proof Set back

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 open

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 Coin Specifications.

1992 Proof Set contents

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."

1992 Proof Set obverse

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.

1992 Proof Set reverse 

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 years

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