Skip to main content

Community Voice Responses (August 21, 2018)

From the July 27 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:


Are reverse proof coins less beautiful than regular proof coins?

Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.

Absolutely not! The Jefferson nickel and the Sacagawea dollar are exceptionally beautiful in reverse proof. So are the ATB quarters. I, myself, bought 10 sets, which will be put in the back of a cabinet and probably forgotten for the immediate future. I hope they don’t sell out. This will keep the Mint from making the set a regular offering. Sometime in the future, they might become more valuable. Either way, I’m a collector, not a dealer.

I’m happy to have them in my collection.

Bill Rodgers
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

No, no, no. I find reverse proof coins much more beautiful than regular proof coins.

Klaus Schwalfenberg
Torrance, Calif.

This does depend on the eye of the beholder. I think the full proof is more desirable. This is just me and my “old” view. In past statements, I have come across as being opinionated. Maybe so, but I try and bend to other points along the way!

Gary Kess
Sherman, Texas

The 2014-W Kennedy silver half dollar was an exceptionally attractively struck coin, methinks.

Wesley Ellis
Portland, Ore.

I like them.

Emmett Gleeson
Address withheld

I’ll buy them for the novelty, but NOTHING beats the beauty of a cameoed/toned standard proof.

N. Clifton
Address withheld

I’m going to have to say yes on this one. Nothing beats the big ol’ shiny mirror surface of a regular proof coin – to me, anyways. The reverse proof is a nice addition to my collection, but I prefer regular proofs!

Tony Brubaker
Address withheld

No question in my mind, or the minds of my collector friends, that reverse proofs are far less attractive than regular proofs.

Name withheld

The price makes it really ugly. For 5 coins? It’s not a value coin, and I will pass.

Robert Odulio
Address withheld

Editor’s note: Don’t forget there are five quarters alone, so it is a 10-coin set.

Just got my 50th anniversary reverse proof sets. They are stunning – I think all proof sets should be made this way!

Daryl Conley
Address withheld

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News Express. >> Subscribe today

More Collecting Resources

• Subscribe to our monthly Coins magazine - a great resource for any collector!

• Error coins can bring big money. Learn to detect them and how to cash in on them with Strike It Rich With Pocket Change.