Coins  2005 Proof
Set
The 2005 proof set contained the second two Westward Journey nickels in addition to the five state quarters and
the other four regular proof coins. These eleven coins equated to $2.96 in face value and were initially sold for
$22.95 per proof set.
A blue and white box held the two lenses with the proof coins in the 2005 proof set. One lens contained six
coins including the second two Westward Journey nickels in addition to the cent, dime, half dollar and dollar
coins. The second lens held the 31st through 35th state quarter proof coins for the next five states to join the
Union.
2005 Proof Set Package
The 2005 proof set box measures roughly 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches by 11/16 inch like the earlier twolens proof
sets. The front of the proof set box contains the 50 state quarters emblem with its red stripes, otherwise the
colors on the box remained blue and white.
As with the previous years' twolens sets, the head of the Statue of Liberty decorates the front left of the
2005 proof set. Below the state quarters emblem on the right is the title, "United States Mint Proof Set® 2005"
with "2005" much larger than the rest of the title. Along the top and bottom edges, twentyfive white stars against
a blue background adorn the proof set box. In the middle of the long sides, a large "2005" in white identifies the
year of the proof set as well.
The bluetoned flag continues to form the backdrop for the Department of Treasury's white United States Mint
seal centered on the back of the proof set box.
The proof set box opens from the right with the flap sliding
out of the end to allow access to the proof coins in their protective lenses. The Liberty end of the proof set
box should remain glued.
2005 Proof Set Contents and Proof Coins
The 2005 proof set consists of the outer box, the two protective lenses
holding the eleven proof coins and a white card folded in half that includes the 2005 Proof Set Certificate of
Authenticity and Coin Specifications.
The state quarter proof coins were a part of the full 2005 proof set with its eleven proof coins.
But, the US Mint also provided the 2005 state quarter proof coins in their own fivecoin proof set.
In one protective plastic lens, six proof coins fit into the circles in a card with a bluetoned
flag background. The middle of the card contains the title, "United States Mint Proof Set®," in a white font. The
two new Westward Journey nickels fit between the other coins and show the new obverse with a closeup of Jefferson
facing right. The other coins' obverse designs remained consistent except for the change in the year.
The plain blue background provides a contrast for the five obverse views of the state quarter proof coins with
each containing Washington's portrait. A white 50 state quarters emblem shows between two of the quarters and above
the middle quarter on the bottom row.
The plain blue background is used again to contrast with the reverse images of the six proof coins. The second
two Westward Journey nickels provide the "ocean in view" and "American bison" as the scenes for their reverse
images. A small white US Mint seal is centered between the two nickel proof coins.
The bluetoned flag highlights the unique reverse images of the five state quarters like that of the obverse
side of the regular proof coins. The title, "United States Mint 50 State Quarters Proof Set™," is featured just
above another US Mint seal in white.
The state quarters in this 2005 proof set address the 31st through 35th states joining the Union.
They were: California  September 9, 1850, Minnesota  May 11, 1858, Oregon  February 14, 1859, Kansas  January
29, 1861 and West Virginia  June 20, 1863.
Click on the 2005 Proof Set
Certificate of Authenticity and Coin Specifications to view the details about the individual coins in the
annual proof set.
2005 Proof Set Year Population and Cost of Living
The world population in 2005 was 6,469,688,764. This represents 94.4% of the world's population in 2010.
$100 in 2005 equals $111.65 in 2010 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Inflation Calculator.
New houses in 2005 cost an average of $297,000 which would be $331,601 in 2010 dollars.
The average income was $36,953 per year which equals $41,258 in 2010 dollars.
Gas was $2.295 per gallon which would be $2.562 in 2010 money.
The average new car was $22,497 equivalent to $25,118 in 2010.
(Chart views into the cost of living changes throughout the Proof Set
years)
