Coins - 1993 Proof
From 1984 through 1993, the US Mint used purple as the colors for their packaging. For 1984 through 1987, the
words on the outer box were "United States Proof Set • YEAR" in silver script. In 1988, they changed to include
"Mint" as shown below: "United States Mint Proof Set • 1993."
Though this could be confusing since collectors call the other annual sets from the mint, "Mint Sets." But, on
their packaging, the US Mint calls their other annual set, "Uncirculated Coin Set."
Just keep in mind, if "proof set" is on the package, then the set is a proof set regardless of whether "mint" is
also included in the inscription.
The 1993 Proof Set contained five coins with a face value of $0.91 and was sold for $12.50. This sales price was
an increase of $1.50 over the 1992 US Mint proof set price. Their proof set sales were down by over 266,000 sets
from 1992, however they had been experiencing steady declines year over year since 1987. Perhaps people were buying
Prestige sets or silver sets instead.
1993 Proof Set Package
The box dimensions are 3 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 3/8 inch. On the back of the box is the heraldic eagle
design in silver within a 2 inches by 2 inches area.
Inside the outer purple box, the proof set includes five coins spaced individually in round holes in a purple
insert between two clear pieces of plastic. The plastic sealed to become a lens for the coins. In addition, a
certificate on purple board with reddish purple text was placed inside with the lens. (Note: The acrylic easel is
for display only and was not part of the proof set.)
1993 Proof Set Contents and Proof Coins
Just look at the beauty of the obverse of the proof coins! At the bottom of the lens resides the script "United
States Mint Proof Set" in raised letters. In the upper left corner, smaller raised letters say, "PACKAGED BY U.S.
The reverse of the proof set shows off the brilliance of the coins. In addition, the US Mint placed the eagle
from the presidential seal, the same as on the half dollar, in raised relief on the lens above the half dollar
One side of the enclosed certificate contains a message from David J. Ryder, the Director of the Mint at that
time. Click on 1993 Proof Set
Certificate of Authenticity to view the contents of the message.
On the other side of the certificate, a table includes the coins' specifications. Click on 1993 Proof Set Coin
Specifications to view the details.
1993 Proof Set Year Population and Cost of Living
The world population in 1993 was 5,522,000,000. This represents 80.6% of the world's population in 2010.
$100 in 1993 equals $150.90 in 2010 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Inflation Calculator.
New houses in 1993 cost an average of $147,700 which would be $222,879 in 2010 dollars.
The average income was $23,133 per year which equals $34,907 in 2010 dollars.
Gas was $1.108 per gallon which would be $1.672 in 2010 money.
The average new car was $16,871 equivalent to $25,459 in 2010.
(Chart views into the cost of living changes throughout the Proof Set