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”.