Dawn W. asks: What packaging would I expect to find a 1956 proof set? I know my 1975 and 1990 set are in a plastic case and in a cardboard folder. I have “Mint” sets in cellophane. These sets are different from proof sets right? It’s just the 1956 sets look like they are packaged like a mint set and I don’t want a 1956 mint set I want the proof like my 75 and 90 sets.
1956 proof sets were packaged in cellophane and sent in a envelope. There is a silver colored mint seal inside the film.
From 1947 to 1956 Mint sets were sent with the coins inserted into a cardboard cutout. There is nothing covering the coins. Two of each coin, from each mint, was included. The style of the time was to store the coins in cardboard albums that showed only one side. The duplicates allowed showing the reverse in a collectors’ album. Mint sets from this era often show heavy patina caused from long contact with the high content sulfur cardboard holders.