Introduced as the first U.S. Mint numismatic product release in 2013 is the newest America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set.
This product makes its sales debut at 12:00 Noon ET on January 8, 2013. All the coins within the proof set feature sharp reliefs and mirror-like backgrounds, a type of finish collectors find most desirable. They are struck at the San Francisco Mint and carry the "S" mint mark.
The 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set includes the newest America the Beautiful Quarters composed from 90% silver and 10% copper. These five 2013 quarters are:
- 2013-S White Mountain National Forest Quarter (New Hampshire)
- 2013-S Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter (Ohio)
- 2013-S Great Basin National Park Quarter (Nevada)
- 2013-S Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter (Maryland)
- 2013-S Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter (South Dakota)
The U.S. Mint only recently revealed these quarters’ designs.
Silver Proof Set Price & Set’s Silver Value
This year’s 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set is priced at $41.95, which is the same as the previous proof set when it debuted January 10, 2012. The inaugural set from 2010 started at $32.95 when the price of silver was much cheaper (close to $18 an ounce).
The combined weight of the silver coins sums to 0.904 troy ounces, making each set’s silver melt value $27.13 based on the price of silver at $30.00 an ounce. Last year’s set launched when silver was at $29.69 an ounce, which explains recent pricing. If silver prices fluctuate significantly, the U.S. Mint reserves the option to change its product prices up or down. That has happened in the past for some silver sets.
Popularity and Current Sales
Silver proof sets featuring America the Beautiful Quarters enjoy a sizable collector base. A flurry of sales occur during the first few days one is released. Keep in mind that demand for a new product series is generally strongest during its first few years. The following table offers debut sales and the latest U.S. Mint sales for the first three issues:
2010-2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set Sales
|Year||Issued||Debut Price||Debut Sales||Latest Sales*|
|2010||May 27, 2010||$32.95||75,756 Over 3 Days||274,003|
|2011||April 1, 2011||$41.95||78,054 Over 23 Days||147,576|
|2012||Jan. 10, 2012||$41.95||61,181 Over 7 Days||139,766|
*Sales above are as of December 26, 2012. The U.S. Mint is no longer selling the inaugural 2010-dated proof set. In some cases, the Mint provides a pre-warning that its products will go off sale and in other cases it does not. The U.S. Mint officially announced the 12:00 noon ET December 31, 2012 sales deadline date for the 2011 set. Its totals are expected to change slightly in the weeks ahead as the Mint adjusts final orders.
When released, orders for the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set are accepted at the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling its toll free telephone number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
There are no per household ordering limits and mintage limits are typically based on collector demand.
Each proof set comes within a box that depicts scenes of the national parks and sites honored in 2013. The silver coins are in one clear, protective plastic lens.