The United States Mint has introduced another series of products, added with their existing, that feature only coins from its new America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program.
As a quick summary, fifty-six quarters over a period of eleven years (2010-2021) will portray the beauty of national parks and sites throughout the U.S. and its territories. The quarter-dollar coins are minted with rotating reverse designs at a rate of five each year until the program ends with the final issue in 2021.
Types of Quarter Set Products
Since the U.S. Mint introduced the 50 States Quarters® Program, it has offered at least one annual collector product that included only proof quarters. In 2004, it added the quarters silver proof set. Then in May 2010, the Mint announced three more collector sets.
The sets are briefly names and described below.
America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set
The yearly sets contain each year’s quarters struck in proof with each bearing the "S" mint mark, denoting they were produced from the United States Mint at San Francisco. The coins are minted in clad — the same as the circulating coins, with their composition 8.33% nickel and the remaining balance in copper. Each quarter weighs 5.670 grams. The set includes each year’s quarters and is priced at $14.95.
America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set
This annual set is exactly like the proof version, except that each coin is struck from 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. Each coins weighs 6.250 grams, with the five coins containing a total of 0.904 troy ounces of silver. It is the most expensive set the Mint offers (with quarters only) at its current price of $32.95.
America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set
The three-coin sets include two uncirculated quarters — one struck from United States Mint at Denver and one from United States Mint at Philadelphia, and a proof quarter produced from San Francisco. This product is based on quarter design, which means there will be five different issued each year. The 2010 set launched with a price of $13.95.
America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set
The uncirculated coin set features five uncirculated coins from Philadelphia and five uncirculated coins from Denver, making for ten in each set released between 2010-2020. The 2010 set debuted at $21.95.
America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set
The circulating coin set also contains a total of ten coins for annual releases in 2010-2020, and split between the Mint’s facilities in Denver and Philadelphia. As the name implies, however, these sets include circulation-quality strikes — the same process used in making every day circulating coins. The 2010 set launched with a price of $9.95.
Proof and Uncirculated Coin Definitions
The following description for proof and uncirculated coins originate directly from the United States Mint Web site.
Proof coins are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and cleaned to ensure high quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief.
Uncirculated coins are struck on special presses using greater force than circulating coins, producing a sharp, intricately detailed image, and feature the satin finish introduced in 2005.
Where to Order
Each year’s sets, when released, are available directly from the U.S. Mint Web site at (http://www.usmint.gov/). They can also be ordered from its toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
All sets include coins that are protectively encased, packaged and shipped with a Certificate of Authenticity that includes the Mint Director’s signature.