The 2010 United States Mint Silver Proof Set™ marked one of two annual coin sets released by the US Mint that year to contain strikes composed of 90% silver. The set included a total of fourteen coins, seven of which were struck from the precious metal.
These sets were first released from the US Mint on Thursday, August 26, 2010. Upon their release, each initially sold for $56.95, plus the Mint’s standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order. While relatively pricey for an annual set, it is important to remember that half of the coins included in it were struck from silver.
Those seven precious metal coins included the five 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters, the Roosevelt Dime and the Kennedy Half Dollar. Together, the seven coins comprised approximately 1.338 ounces of silver. Based on the London Fix for silver that day, the set had an intrinsic melt value of about $25.57 when first released.
The 2010 Silver Proof Set was packaged in three separate lenses. This included one lens containing the five America the Beautiful Quarters, one lens containing the four Presidential Dollars and one lens containing the remaining versions of the circulating coins released that year including the Lincoln Cent, the Jefferson Nickel, the Roosevelt Dime, the Kennedy Half Dollar and the Native American Dollar Coin.
A complete list of coins included in the 2010 Silver Proof Set are provided below along with a brief description of each strike. The first seven are composed of 90% silver:
2010-S Hot Springs National Park Quarter
This coin is struck from 90% silver and features a reverse design emblematic of Hot Springs National Park found in the state of Arkansas by Don Everhart and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Like other coins of the quarter series, the obverse of the strike contains John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States.
2010-S Yellowstone National Park Quarter
Aside from the obverse portrait of Washington, the reverse of this coin depicts a design emblematic of Yellowstone National Park. The design was completed by Don Everhart.
2010-S Yosemite National Park Quarter
Shown on the reverse of this coin is a design emblematic of Yosemite National Park as created by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The obverse contains the Flanagan portrait of George Washington.
2010-S Grand Canyon National Park Quarter
Representing the Grand Canyon National Park of Arizona, the reverse of this coin contains a design by Phebe Hemphill.
2010-S Mount Hood National Forest Quarter
The Mount Hood National Forest Quarter showcases a reverse by Phebe Hemphill which honors the national forest found in the state of Oregon.
Kennedy Half Dollar
Gilroy Roberts designed the obverse portrait of John F. Kennedy found on this coin. The reverse of the coin was designed by Frank Gasparro and shows an image of the Seal of the President of the United States.
John R. Sinnock created the portrait of former President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt which is found on the obverse of the dime. The reverse of the dime shows an olive branch, torch and oak branch is also the work of John R. Sinnock.
2010-S Lincoln Cent
President of the United States Abraham Lincoln’s portrait on the cent coin was designed by Victor D. Brenner. It has been used on the obverse of the cent coin since 1909. The reverse shows a Union Shield and was designed by Lyndall Bass.
Jamie Franki designed the portrait of former President of the United States Thomas Jefferson showcased on the nickel. The reverse is by Felix Schlag and depicts Jefferson’s Monticello home.
2010-S Native American $1 Coin
Glenna Goodacre created the portrait of the Shoshone woman Sacagawea which is featured on the obverse of the coin. The reverse showcases a Hiawatha Belt with 5 arrows bound together as designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers.
Millard Fillmore Presidential $1 Coin
The reverse of all of the Presidential Coin series contains an image of the Statue of Liberty as designed by Don Everhart. The obverse of this strike contains a portrait of President Millard Fillmore as completed by Don Everhart.
Franklin Pierce Presidential $1 Coin
Former President of the United States Franklin Pierce is featured on the obverse of this Presidential $1 Coin as designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers. An image of the Statue of Liberty by Don Everhart is shown on the reverse.
James Buchanan Presidential $1 Coin
Shown on the obverse of the coin is a portrait of former President of the United States James Buchanan as completed by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse shows the Statue of Liberty design completed by Don Everhart.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential $1 Coin
Don Everhart designed both the obverse and reverse of the Lincoln Presidential $1 Coin. This includes the portrait on the obverse of Lincoln and the image of the Statue of Liberty on the reverse.