Coins - 1997 Proof
After a steady decline in mintages with a low point in 1996, the 1997 Proof Set mintage started back toward two
million at 1,975,000 sets.
The 1997 set includes five coins at a face value of $0.91 and was sold at that time for $12.50.
For 1994 through 1998, the US Mint packaged the annual proof set using kelly green colors.
1997 Proof Set Package
On the "green" versions, the package continued to include "Mint" in the inscription on the flap of the box. As
shown below, the outer script says, "United States Mint Proof Set • 1997."
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.
The 1997 proof set includes five coins spaced individually in round holes in a green card stock insert between
two clear pieces of plastic. After sealing, the plastic becomes a protective lens for the coins. In addition, a
folded certificate with green text on an off-white field was placed inside with the lens. (Note: The acrylic easel
is for display only and was not part of the proof set.)
1997 Proof Set Contents and Proof Coins
The beauty of the cameo proof coins can easily be seen on 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. MINT."
Once again, on the reverse the background of the coins shines while the design shows the lustre of the cameo
proof. Notice the heraldic eagle in raised relief above the half dollar.
Inside the folded Certificate of Authenticity contains a message from Philip N. Diehl, the Director of the Mint
at that time. The message is in green font on a matte, off-white background. Click on 1997 Proof Set Certificate of
Authenticity to view the contents of the message.
On the back side of the folded certificate, a table includes the coins' specifications. Click 1993 Proof Set Coin
Specifications to view the details.
1997 Proof Set Year Population and Cost of Living
The world population in 1997 was 5,840,000,000. In 2010, the world population is estimated at 6,811,600,000
$100 in 1997 equals $135.04 in 2010 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Inflation Calculator.
New houses in 1997 cost $124,100 which would be $167,586.03 today.
The average income was $49,692 per year ($67,104.63 in today's dollars).
Gas was $1.29 per gallon ($1.74 in today's money).
The average new car was $19,531 ($26,374.88).
(Chart views into the cost of living changes throughout the Proof Set