The United States Mint will begin sales of the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set today, May 13, 2010 at 12:00 Noon ET.
This set will include the clad proof versions of the first five coins of the new America the Beautiful Quarters series. The following coins are included in each set:
2010-S Hot Springs National Park Quarter
2010-S Yellowstone National Park Quarter
2010-S Yosemite National Park Quarter
2010-S Grand Canyon National Park Quarter
2010-S Mount Hood National Park Quarter
The five coins are sealed in a single plastic lens and placed within an illustrated cardboard box with certificate of authenticity. The sets are priced at $14.95 each.
Last year, the US Mint offered the 2009 District of Columbia & US Territories Quarters Proof Set priced at $14.95, which contained six coins. To date, this set has sold 608,830 units.
The US Mint began offering a separate proof set containing each year’s quarters back in 1999 for the start of the 50 State Quarters Program. Back then the US Mint began sales of the full annual proof set and the separate quarters proof set on the same day. Recently, the component proof sets have gone on sale before the full set.
Personally, I usually pass on the separate sets and wait for the release of the full annual proof set, which offers a better value. The full 14-coin 2010 Proof Set is expected to go on sale July 22, 2010 priced at $31.95. This is just $1.05 more than the cost of the previously released 4-coin 2010 Presidential Dollar Proof Set ($15.95) and today’s 5-coin 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set ($14.95).