# Why is a single proof coin worth more than a complete set?

Answer

There can be several reasons for this phenomenon:

- A complete set still in Mint packaging may have toned or otherwise degraded coins;
- Someone collecting a set of a specific denomination rarely wants the entire year set;
- A single coin can be certified at a higher grade than the rest of the set (sets are rarely certified in their entirety);
- Some collectors don't want to break up a set, making individual coins rarer.

A proof coin is worth more because it was struck by a custom stamping process. These coins were not minted for circulation, but minted for collectors. The quality of minting is far beyond that of coins minted for circulation.

**There is also another reason this happens,,
example>>**

**a 1970-S(san francisco) small date:proof set retails for
about $90 dollars..**

**they take the coins out of the holder and send them to be
graded,the coins will most always get the highest grades depending
on the grading service used...usually a MS/PR-70 or MS/PR-69 is
common.....they then resell each coin the 1970-S small date penny
with a red color certified MS69 or MS70 sells for $950.00 for one
penny!!!!!**

**They have paid for the proof set and grading fees for all 6
coins with the sale of the single penny they had
graded..................lots and lots of money......you see many
single coins on eBay for hundreds even thousands and they have came
from a proof set,and are worth 10 times more because they carry the
high MS/PR grades................**

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