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.
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.