2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set

On November 29, 2011 at 12:00 Noon ET, the US Mint will begin sales of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set. The 10-coin set includes examples of each 2011-dated quarter from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.

Specifically, each set includes the following coins:

  • 2011 P & D Gettysburg National Military Park Quarters
  • 2011 P & D Glacier National Park Quarters
  • 2011 P & D Olympic National Park Quarters
  • 2011 P & D Vicksburg National Military Park Quarters
  • 2011 P & D Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarters

The coins are “circulating quality.” The appearance and condition of the coins will likely be similar to those found in the US Mint’s numismatic rolls or the uncirculated coins found through circulation channels.

The ten coins are packaged so that the coins can be easily removed for placement into an album or other display. Each set is priced at $9.95 plus applicable shipping and handling.

The US Mint separately offers the 2011 America the Beautiful Uncirculated Coin Set, which was released earlier this year on April 19, 2011. These sets contain the same ten coins listed above, but the US Mint refers to them as “uncirculated” and charges $21.95 per set. More specifically, this version of the set contains coins with the “brilliant finish” currently used for the annual United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set, often referred to by collectors as the annual Mint Set.

The distinction between the Circulating Coin Set and Uncirculated Coin Set is a bit harder to explain and less noticeable than last year, when the two product types were launched. In 2010, the “uncirculated” coins carried a satin finish, which was created by sandblasting the faces of the dies and burnishing coin blanks before striking. These satin finish coins were more readily distinguishable by their frosted appearance.

Coin grading firms PCGS and NGC currently do not differentiate between the US Mint’s “brilliant finish” used for certain numismatic products and regular finish coins obtained from other channels. The two firms had made a distinction for the satin finish coins, which were denoted “satin finish” or “SMS”.

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  1. vaughnster says

    I buy one of these sets when I place an order for bigger ticket items which doesn’t seem so bad. Ten dollars for 10 quarters is what you’d pay at coin shows if you can find all of them in one day. I put them in an album along with the proof versions for my 5-year-old son to look at and learn from someday.

  2. MarkInFlorida says

    Hey! The 5 oz. silver Olympia numismatic version is going on sale at the same time. Has everyone lost interest in those? I guess we don’t have to worry about them selling out the same day.

  3. says


    Sales of the 5 oz Olympic AtB are probably going to be terrible. Glacier and Gettysburg got a brief boost that was either caused by the spike in silver prices or by piggybacking on the 35th anniversary sets, but since then sales have crumbled again. Take a look at last week’s sales figures: http://news.coinupdate.com/us-mint-sales-proof-silver-eagle-sold-out-1070/

    I’m expecting today’s sales figures to be equally anemic. So I would not expect big things out of the Olympic AtB.

  4. Zaz says

    Re: Olympic 5oz uncirculated. Might be the slowest start to any of the ATB uncirculated, probably well under 10K. It’s now evolved into a specialty niche product like the handful of collectors that go after the gold spouses or the platinum eagle proof. One of the issues seems to be the Mint’s continued indifference to the offering, it’s never in any of the sales literature, much less in any kind of national marketing campaign, which would generate more interest and spur sales. I’ll order one, however the last two were ordered as a pair, so I’ll likely wait until NP9 debuts–or if silver starts tracking higher again to avoid a price increase. The anemic sales for Gettysburg is surprising, more so when it ties in with the sesquicentennial anniversary in a year and a half.

    As for the “circulating” 2011 ATB set, it’s not a bad way to acquire the scarce quarters, but the nomenclature with the “uncirculated” set at twice the price is confusing to the average collector, however, both options are offered in the most recent gift catalogue.

  5. VABEACHBUM says

    I took delivery of my Gettysburg ATB-P early last week, only to open the box and find a horribly obvious, 2-inch gouge across the reverse. Manufacturing machine marks, but it looked like a 3-year old had attacked it with a screw driver. I sent it back the next day with a note that said, “Seriously?!! How the Hell did this ‘coin’ make it out the doors of the US Mint?” After two+ weeks of back-order, my Glacier coin is supposed to arrive today. Needless to say, I won’t hold my breath. I’m currently at a 25% return rate for US Mint PM products in 2011. You’d think they would get tired of writing the shipping refund checks.

    As a follow-on to comments on the life left in this series, MCM had been offering SP69 Gettysburg and Glacier ATB-P coins during their Cyber Sale for $30 below current US Mint retail. Either MCM has a bunch of them, or they can’t move the ones they have in stock.

    Like C.O. and I and others have posted over the last several months, the Mint’s complete lack of advertising is not helping this series. The 5oz ATB-P coins have not been mentioned once in any of the quarterly Mint catalogues, nor any individual mailers and packaging inserts. The Mint seems to have established some base level of customers for the different ATB Quarter products. What better place for ATB-P advertising inserts than those shipping boxes. Come on, Mint!! Let NASA worry about the rocket science!!

  6. VA Bob says

    Sadly, these circulating quarters are the best deal from the Mint for the collector. It does allow the best way for a them to fill an album, especially when you consider the insane cost of the other multitude of clad offerings and outside availability. Personally, I’m out. Did the State/Territory quarter thing, which probably wouldn’t make a profit for my grandchildren compared to what I paid into it for. The ATB’s will probably do slightly better for the patient collector, as they are much harder to find. I guess I do collect them by proxy in my annual donation to the federal government (proof and mint set).

    Time will tell. If people pull them out of their change (when they do circulate) they could be a winner. We’ll know better in 10 or 11 years. That said, the jury is still out on the collectabilty of clad (minus errors) in general (their are a few exceptions such as Susan B’s and Ike collectors, but they are relatively small in comparison). Copper cents and nickels have a following (but they are not clad, cents are after 1982).

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