2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set

Tomorrow, January 8, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set. This will be the first numismatic product release of the new year.

ATB Silver Proof Set

Each set will contain the five latest releases of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program struck in a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper. The five quarters will feature the sites:

  • White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire
  • Perry’s Victory International Peace Memorial in Ohio
  • Great Basin National Park in Nevada
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Designs for these coins were announced by the Mint last month. Larger sized images and descriptions can be found in this post.

The upcoming set will represent the first opportunity for collectors to acquire examples of the new quarters. The coins will be released for general circulation and within numismatic bags and rolls at dates staggered throughout the year, starting with the January 28, 2013 release of the White Mountain National Forest Quarter. The coins will also be released within other annual sets and numismatic products released throughout the year.

The 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set is priced at $41.95 per set. This is the same price that has been in effect for the duration of the offering of the 2012-dated version of the set. There are no stated product limits or household ordering limits imposed.

Based on the images of the set available, the packaging style will see a redesign. One side of the box appears to carry images from each of the five sites, while the other side carries a large image from a single site. This will now be the third evolution of the packaging since the first ATB Quarters Silver Proof Set was released in 2010. For 2010, the box featured an image of a flag with red colored inserts. For 2011 and 2012, the outer box was predominantly black with white lettering and black colored inserts.

One-Quarter Ounce 2012 Proof Gold Eagle Sold Out

The sell outs for 2012-dated numismatic products continue. According to the US Mint’s website, the individual one-quarter ounce 2012 Proof Gold Eagle has sold out. This joins the individual one-half ounce coin which had sold out in mid-November. Although sold out individually, both coins still remain available as part of the 2012 Proof Gold Eagle Four Coin Set.

Based on the most recent sales report, the individual one-half ounce proof had sold 3,962 units, the individual one-quarter ounce proof had sold 4,781 units, and the four coin set had sold 5,394 units.

As explored previously, the 2012 Proof Gold Eagles have experienced much slower sales compared to previous year. Depending on the eventual sales total for the four coin proof set, the sold out quarter ounce and half ounce coins should come to represent significant mintage lows for proof coins of the series.

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  1. Don says

    The five silver quarters together come in at about 9/10 of an ounce of silver. Given the silver content and the attractive Mint packaging, the $41.95 pricing seems to be one of the more reasonably priced items in the Mint offerings for 2013.

  2. Samuel says

    why the mint does not announce how many AGEs they minted?! then, we dont need to wait/guess/discuss the mintage.

  3. Samuel says

    i m going to pick up some quarter sets, along with the 5oz denali, which i forgot to buy last yr.

  4. fosnock says

    I’m going to get at least a couple of these with the clad S rolls. Does anyone have an idea on the mintage for the Denali circulating quarters? As the mint has been nice enough to provide low mintage S quarters and the circulating mintage’s have gone back up I think I will dump the P&D rolls.

  5. T1 browserman says

    At least the box for this set has more eye appeal than the last two Presidential Proof boxes ( black box, brown border, words, new mint logo). When that series kicked off, up to 2009, you at least got some decent colored sketch art of each president for that year on the reverse with nice italicized lettering on the front.

  6. HistoryStudent says

    Looking at the total historic past at the US Mint is very exciting.for today. It seems that for the first 100 years they did about 100 different coins and followed suit on the second hundred years; another 100.

    However, since 1993 and until about 2018-2020 they will add to those 200 coins another 350 ish.

    So CHOSE your coins wisely like the Knight told Harrison Ford for your “Last Crusade.” Many of those 350 ish coins will have very low mintages. If you see a coin under 10,000 units think about it. If you see a coin below 5,000 units don’t let it slip by if you can afford it. And for heaven’s sake try to grab them all below 3,000. And when those gold coins dip below 2,000: well beg, borrow, or steal one. And don’t flip IT!

  7. simon says

    > any US coins below 5000?

    Yes there are many – most of them originate in low mintage proof sets, for example, in the 19th century. There are no extraordinary values for them. This seems to be reserved for circulation coinage that combines high grades with relatively low mintage. Good examples are the 1893-S Morgan or the 1916-D dime. One could also argue that high grade versions of ultra-high mintage modern common coins (like the NA$) are “valuable” if they are entombed in PCGS caskets. This is the avenue for hip hypsters.

  8. hi ho silver says

    Samuel : a 1936 proof walker has less than 5000 but they cost $4000 and a lot lower population in America then. HistoryStudent gets a D- for that comment lol

  9. Boz says

    The under 5000 mintage phenom is a lotta fun. For this we have the overseas mints to thank, they are spitting out coins with limited mintages of sometimes onlt 250 or less. But even a one of a kind coin is worth only face value is there is nobody wanting one. How do you experts in the marketplace out there think this is going to go? Any true numismatic value or will we end up taking them to the pawnshop someday for melt value minus their 25 percent commission?

  10. fosnock says

    @Boz – I agree their will be a whole lot of loser for the few winners,but if buy it because you like the coin…

  11. Ikaika says

    @ Boz and fosnock

    Agree with both of you. I mentioned before that what good is a low mintage coin if nobody wants them. Some of the FS coins with mintage below 5K are selling for bullion.

    @ HistoryStudent

    Based on your comments, what makes you think people will suddenly become interested in these low mintage coins in the future?

  12. HistoryStudent says

    I hope this helps:

    Many of these following coins were ignored by collectors until way after they went off sale then they exploded:

    1) 1821 to 1834 Half Eagles high bullion to face value

    2) Gobrecht dollars in high grade 1850 to 1870 high premiums for collectors

    3) Proof draped Bust dollars know as restrikes 1801 to 1804 sold at a premium

    4) Trade US dollars from 1873 were intended as bullion coins for export

    5) 1915 Panama Pacific $50 coins two sold at double the price to collectors

    6) Almost all classic silver commemorative halves from 1892 to 1945 sold at a premium over face struck as legal tender not intended for circulation. And the gold ones too.

    There are a lot more but this small example shows that as long as the US Mint doesn’t care what the issue price was and how it related to the intrinsic or face value – or even if the US Mint intended them to circulate or even exist:

    Shows that if the US Mint struck them put a value on them the marketplace has a long and very clear history of embracing the coins later on.

    Many many many collectors really blow the chance i.e..:

    all the EARLY 1907-1915 proofs on Saint Gauden’s three $2.5, $5, & $10 GOLD INDIANS and his $20 Saint. The early 1900s rhyme with today only today we are issuing about 10 times more into a similar terrible economy (they had the 1907 Panic and many others) so study up if you’d like too.

    Kinda like the 1995 “W” proof ASE which goes for a pretty penny now but was included in the 1995 GOLD PROOF set that could have been sold off and only cost the collector a $200 charge in total back then.

    Use your Red Book for the above values on coins for fun.
    Keep a strong eye on silver coins no matter what they are if they are under 20,000 units also.

  13. HistoryStudent says

    PS nobody wanted the coins above either – but right now I’d give my right arm for a Pan American $50 octagon gold piece. or even a round one or both.

    $300,000.00 for the octagon now

    $215,000.00 for the round baby

    both in MS67 ish

  14. grampa dave says

    yes sir re History student they will be high dollar collectables, but I will be dead and long gone before these modern low mintage (5000 or less) will be highly collectable.

  15. HistoryStudent says

    Me too.

    But the two FS sets and even the ATBs in 5 oz will buy a few college educations for the grandkids.

    Actually right now silver at $30 and gold at $1650 is cheaper than it was in 2000 when it was only $25 and $255 respectively because of the money supply and liabilities.

    Think about in the next ten years and we get a woman in as president.

  16. simon says

    The market for the moderns is still in the making. There are several unique coins which do sell for a premium but not terribly significant in comparison with other coins in the same family. For example the 1 Oz Au Rev Proof from the 2006 Gold Anniv set is a real sleeper. A contradiction is the standard 1 Oz Ag 2006-W ASE from the corresponding Silver Anniv set. It sells for about $1500 or well above half the price of the the RP Ag coin, despite high mintage, even within the set. Another contradiction is the relatively low price commanded by the 1 Oz Ag ASE 08/07. Mintage is about 45k but prices for the coins have not appreciated much. Much of this is a function of collector discrimination and tastes but a lot of it is also TPG hype of non-verifiable monikers such as First Strike, low graded populations, special labels, etc. IMHO a discriminating collector should carefully look and select moderns. The allegorical issues have matured over time and are not in the same class but a very high cut above.

  17. Steve W says

    Buy coins to help with kids or grand kids college education? That reason dosen’t exist anymore. Our gubbmint has plans to waive the incurred debt on college per the article on Zero Hedge. You need a new reason to buy low mintages coins…perhaps your retirement, healthcare costs, excessive property taxes, EBT cards for your neighbors etc….

  18. EvilFlipper says

    Damn…. Those proof 70 1/4 oz. AGE’s went from 580$ to 720$+ on flea bay so far since Friday.

  19. Samuel says

    E.F., on 11/20, 11/28 and 11/30 PF70 were already sold for $700, e.g., 300723333336($725), 190754995811($699), 200856353519($679). at that time, there was no indication that there would be a sold out, right?

  20. says

    PCGS FS & NGC ER 1/4 oz proof are selling for the highest price. However, on Jan. 5, 2013, NGC PR70 sold for $580 (300841686293)

  21. Hidalgo says

    @History Student – I will be long gone before many of the current coins appreciate to the levels you describe. By that time, Hillary Clinton will have completed her two terms as President.

    @Evil Flipper – almost all PF70/MS70 PCGS graded coins will command higher prices on eBay than ungraded coins. So you’re comparing apples with oranges.

    General Comment – the coin grading companies are making some coins more rare by limiting the number of MS70 and PR70 designations. PCGS is really good about this. I believe they do this on purpose so that coins graded by their company can command higher prices on the secondary market. Makes sense to me. And the foolish thing is that some collectors are foolish to buy into these artificial rarities.

  22. HistoryStudent says


    I do NOT think Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Norte Dame, or even USC will ever be IN a FREE GOVY school deal. However, they will carry some clout later on for the graduate. If they also have a trade that is.

    For example: say USC movie-film degree with Previs computer skills.

    I see that it is: $1,600 a unit at USC now. Wow!

  23. JEFF in TX. says

    Every year coin collecters by their targeted coins and sets hoping to find high value. Buying everything that comes out from the mint and waiting gets old and what about storage of these coins year after year. I collect coins that I like and if they go up great, if they go down I wait it out. There is no way to tell what coin will become hot. Some times coins get high interest from an event later in time relating to that coin , set and series. So do pick wisly to your coin collection.

  24. Hidalgo says

    @Jeff – yep, my sentiments exactly. Every year, when the new silver proof sets and US Mint sets are issued, I buy them. Not because I expect them to go up in price, but because they are the best way to own a complete set of the P-D-S coins that are (or once were) intended for general circulation.

    I know have a complete set of silver proof state quarters because I buy the silver proof sets each year. And in a few years, I’ll have a complete set of proof silver ATB quarters.

    I have been buying the silver proof eagles in recent years. When silver prices go down (and prices of precious metals have been going down now that the global and US economies are improving), I will play catch up with the ASE I missed.

    Collect because you enjoy, not for profits. If you buy something you like and it goes down in value, and least you’ll have something that is worth than market value to you . 🙂

  25. KEITHSTER says

    News Blog the dog’s must have ate My last post ? Can you rescue it or was it too far out there?? Good Luck ??

  26. Jeff in TX. says

    @ Hidalgo – I started collecting in 82′. I think it’s great that you’ve put together your collection with a goal. In 86′ I fell in love with the ASE’s. I hope that the 2013 silver eagles do great things for my collection.

  27. Jeff in TX. says

    Having coins graded is OK I have a few. Now its become a labeling service with pictures, signatures, grading, PCGS or NGC. Most new coins now do grade a 69 or 70. If that floats your boat go for it. Seems like a good thing gone bad.

  28. Brad says

    According to the latest sales report, a couple of the 2012-S ATB quarters are getting pretty close to the 1.4 million mark in total number of coins sold. Chaco Culture is 1,389,020 and Hawai’i Volcanoes is 1,379,040. Just in case the Mint did not strike any more of them beyond the “initial mintage of 1.4 million”, I went ahead and placed an order for 5 rolls each of the four designs that remain available. I have to hope for at least somewhat of a repeat of what’s happened with the El Yunque S coins (which had a total coins sold figure of 1,680,140.) Just in case production of the rest of the designs stopped at 1.4 million, I was afraid to wait any longer. They could sell out any day now.

  29. Hidalgo says

    @Brad – I’m not so sure that the other ATB coins will generate the same level of interest. There’s something to be said about demand being high for the first coin in a series. Those who were not interested in collecting a series at the time sometimes change their mind and want the first coin.

    Of course, it’s too hard to predict what collector demand will be like. Chances have to be taken. If you enjoy the coins you buy, then they are worth it if their values fall. If you buy coins in the hopes that their values will increase, you’ll be disappointed if values fall.

  30. HistoryStudent says

    The 2011 Chickasaw 5 oz. UNC should come in low today as a final sale number versus the returns and audit late this year.

    Low means under 17,000 and this is arguably the prettiest coin for 2011. Grand Canyon is nice for 2010; and Hawaii gets my humble vote for 2012.

    This number is close to the lowest number of the 1996 FUBAR Olympic silver dollar commemoratives. FUBAR Fouled Up beyond and realistic sales numbers because they flooded the silver $ marketplace in a good economy.

    Make sure you grab a bullion Hawaii and Denali too at only 20,000 mintage.

    JMVHO of course,

    Best wishes ~ HS

  31. Brad says


    Me neither, that’s why I was hesitant to order them. It’s a gamble, but nothing I can’t handle if they never end up worth anything. If nothing else, at least they have a built-in “stop-loss” of $200! 🙂

    It would seem unlikely that the Hawai’i Volcanoes design won’t have a decent collector premium after sellout. The others are more of a risk I guess. It should help them if the mintage level is lower than the El Yunque, but you never know. I guess I’ll find out!

  32. HistoryStudent says

    Hot Springs 2010 33,000 final
    Yellowstone 33,000 final
    Yosemite 33,000 final
    Grand Caynon 33,000 final
    Mount Hood 33,000 final
    Gettysburg 2011 126,700 final
    Glacier 126,700 final
    Olympic 85,200 final
    Vicksburg 38,600 final
    Chickasaw 28,900 final
    El Yunque 2012 24,000 final
    Chaco 24,400 final
    Arcadia 25,400 final
    Hawaii 20,000 final
    Denali 20,000 final

    Totals 684,900
    ATB 5 OZ. Coins BULLION

    Hot Springs 2010 27,000 final
    Yellowstone 27,000 final
    Yosemite 27,000 final
    Grand Caynon 27,000 final
    Mount Hood 27,000 final
    Gettysburg 2011 24,625 final
    Glacier 20,856 final
    Olympic 18,398 final
    Vicksburg 15,594 final
    Chickasaw 16,827 final
    El Yunque 2012 15,630
    Chaco 13,086 watch
    Arcadia 13,736
    Hawaii 14,594
    Denali 11,293


  33. says

    re: ATB bullion totals.
    Also, you’ll notice that on the Mint’s website it shows only 21,900 for Chaco, while we know the mint stated that 24,400 were minted. So, the totals on the mint’s website represent the coins actually sold to the Authorized Purchasers.

    So…I’m not sure we know how many more 2011 Olympic, Vicksburg, and Chickasaw may still be available for the AP’s to purchase. Does anyone know otherwise?

  34. Brad says


    Wasn’t there a mention of some of the 5 oz. bullion coins being deemed “unsellable” by the Mint in the annual report? Could that be referring to the later 2011 designs?

    From what I was talking about earlier, the Hawai’i Volcanoes S rolls just went to “backorder” status. Maybe the mintage on those really is 1.4 million. They were pretty close to that level as of the last sales report.

  35. says

    Brad…I just noticed the Hawaii S backorder status too. I went ahead and ordered 5 rolls. That is probably the only one I will buy though.

    You are right about the “unsellable” charge the mint took for some of the bullion ATB’s…but I’m not sure how many of the 2011’s they kept for the AP’s to continue buying. Obviously some, as Olympic, Vicksburg and Chickasaw have gone up in the last couple of weeks. But I wouldn’t expect them to go up much more.

  36. Zaz says

    @ HistoryStudent: neither Grand Canyon nor Mount Hood 5oz. uncirculated made 27,000. They are 26,019 and 26,928 respectively.

    Will be interesting to see how long the 2012s last this year.

  37. posterhunter says

    This weeks sales report showed a huge increase is S quarter roll sales, these will not last long.

  38. posterhunter says

    The mint is adding S rolls to a 3 roll set for this year, maybe they bump up the mintages to 2 million.

  39. ips_stuff says

    – followup on Brad’s comments on S mint quarter atb rolls.
    notice today after 2pm the hawaii rolls are on backorder…precursor to sold out.

  40. HistoryStudent says


    I always follow your comments. I still remember your insight from 7 months ago on the ATBs.

    Thanks for the push along with STEVE. All I can really say is that the ATBs in both UNC and BULLION are similar to the First Spouses because of the economy and the OVER-L@@KED status by collectors.

    “Sometimes the collectors overlook a great cornerstone because of many reasons – mostly money. Money means theirs, the nations, the economy, and the administration of both the mint and their bosses”

    Kinda like JAR JAR BINKS they are in “Big DO-DO!”

  41. HistoryStudent says

    Hot Springs 2010 33,000 final
    Yellowstone 33,000 final
    Yosemite 33,000 final
    Grand Caynon 33,000 final
    Mount Hood 33,000 final
    Gettysburg 2011 126,700 final
    Glacier 126,700 final
    Olympic 91,400 final
    Vicksburg 41,000 final
    Chickasaw 31,200 final
    El Yunque 2012 24,000 final
    Chaco 21,900 final
    Arcadia 25,400 final
    Hawaii 20,000 final
    Denali 20,000 final

    Totals 693,300
    ATB 5 OZ. Coins BULLION

    Hot Springs 2010 27,000 final
    Yellowstone 27,000 final
    Yosemite 27,000 final
    Grand Caynon 26,019 final
    Mount Hood 26,928 final
    Gettysburg 2011 24,625 final
    Glacier 20,856 final
    Olympic 18,398 final
    Vicksburg 18,594 final
    Chickasaw 16,827 final
    El Yunque 2012 15,630
    Chaco 13,086 watch
    Arcadia 13,736
    Hawaii 14,594
    Denali 11,293


    As corrected by the above people notes. Makes for a great CHEAT SHEET
    to think about things, right?

  42. KEITHSTER says

    The Chaco quarter’s in S are on backorder also not on the screen but when you order them.? One can always hope for a good one to pay for the lot$$$ good luck to ya all+++

  43. Zaz says

    The s-clad quarters are the lowest mintage NON-proof clad quarters and are an inexpensive steal to salt away a few rolls. Someday, these will be the keys to the clad set, 1.4 to 1.6 million is just not enough to go around. My money is on the Volcanoes quarters to breakout, it’s a stunning design in a small 1″ round that easy to identify.

  44. Louis says

    I figured this would happen back when many people were skeptical, so I got a bag and a roll of each. Plus not much downside if you have to spend them at face someday.

  45. GMS says

    Several more of the S rolls have gone on backorder including the Volcanoes so if anyone wants these now may be your last chance. If your a flipper you won’t have to wait until your 100 years old to make a few bucks.

  46. Brad says

    It’s too late, Hawai’i Volcanoes and Chaco Culture S rolls are both sold out as of this morning.

    Thanks so much for your timely posting of those weekly sales reports, Michael! I never would have got my order in if I’d had to wait for Numismatic News to post those numbers on Thursday!

  47. ips_stuff says

    “S” mint Hawaii & Chaco Culture are now sold out for the rolls as well as the bags.

  48. TomP says

    The 2012 Presidential $1 four coin set – P has sold out, the D soon to follow. More examples of the Mint clearing out many of the 2012 products. Is this part of a general policy of cutting storage space expense as well as a ‘buy it now or lose it’ sales strategy to stimulate future sales?

  49. Zaz says

    Selling out Acadia probably isn’t too far behind, although Denali has a while to go yet. Since there will be three-roll sets offered for the first time this year, wonder how much of an increase in mintage the Mint is going to make?

  50. Wylson says

    It’s interesting that the ‘S’ mint quarters have sold out, but they are still clad swill and only a fool would pay a premium over the mint price.

    1.4 million is not a rare mintage, when virtually everyone ever made will remain in mint condition.

  51. says

    When you take into account that these are sold in 100 coin bags and 40 coin rolls, they are somewhat rare…especially compared to the mintages of other “circulating quality” struck quarters.
    El Yungue had about 27,000 (10,000 bags & 7000 rolls) products sold…and Hawaii & Chaco will be closer to 25,000 products.
    Then you have a lot of people buying multiple bags/rolls, you could easily get down to only 10,000 individuals in possession of each “S” mint ATB quarter.
    So then you can easily have thousands more individuals wanting these “S” minted quarters, and you have the perfect recipe for price appreciation…demand greater than supply.

  52. Brad says

    By Wylson’s definition I’m a fool then, because today I bought a roll of El Yunque S quarters for $35.25 with shipping. I missed out on those from the Mint while I was debating on what to do. I decided that I want to have some S quarters of each 2012 design available to go along with those “Circulating” P & D sets the Mint issues. In my mind, the S versions are needed to go along with those sets for them to truly be “complete.” It’s possible that the 2013 sets will include them, since they were already planned this time. The 2012 set had already had it’s content and price level established long before the S quarters came along.

  53. Hidalgo says

    If folks would clear the dollar signs out of their eyes and let the dust settle, it appears to me that completed “sold” eBay auctions of the 2012 S El Yunque circulating quarter rolls are showing a downward trend in resale / secondary market values. Who knows what the value of these rolls will be a year from now.

    A great opportunity for flippers. Evil Flipper where are you? 🙂

  54. hi ho silver says

    Just think if someone discover an S over D quarter, everyone will be opening the bags and rolls and have to sell each quarter seperate.

  55. jesse livermore says

    wow no one is talking about the proof gold american eagles?!!??!?! I got a 1 oz proof and was going to go back for a 1/4 and 1/10th and poof :/ all gone.

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