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2009 proof set bigger and costlier

The set is getting larger and the cost higher for the 2009 United States Mint Proof Set® as compared to the 2008 set.

The 18-coin 2009 proof set, which went on sale June 1, is priced at $29.95.

Last year’s 14-coin set cost $26.95.

Added this year is an extra quarter and three additional Lincoln cents.

The full set includes four Presidential dollars, the Native American dollar, a half dollar, six District of Columbia and U.S. Territories quarters, one dime, one nickel and four Lincoln cents.

All coins in the set have the “S” mintmark for San Francisco.

The Mint says the coins are sealed in four protective lenses to preserve the mirror-like fields and frosted design devices that are achieved by their striking with highly polished dies.

To order visit the Mint’s Web site at www.usmint.gov, or telephone (800) USA-MINT.

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