Today, January 22, 2013, the United States Mint began sales of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. This follows the offering of a set containing the five coins struck in 90% silver earlier this month.
The present set contains this year’s five different America the Beautiful Quarters featuring:
- 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
Each coin is struck in proof quality at the San Francisco Mint and carries the “S” mint mark. The coins have the standard composition used for circulation consisting of 91.67% copper and 8.33% nickel.
The five coins are held within a single plastic lens and placed in an outer cardboard box. The packaging has been redesigned for this year and features an image of Mount Rushmore National Memorial on the front, and a split image featuring all five sites on the back.
The 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is priced at $14.95, unchanged from the cost of the prior year set which still remains available for sale. There is no stated product limit or household ordering limits.
The five coins included in this set will also be included in the full annual 2013 Proof Set, scheduled for release on March 28, 2013 and priced at $31.95.
Based on the available data, it is likely that the price of the 2012 Proof Platinum Eagle will be increased tomorrow.
The average price of platinum for the weekly period will likely fall within the $1,650 to $1,749.99 range. This is one tier higher than the pricing range currently in effect. In the most likely scenario, as long as the Wednesday PM London Fix price of platinum is above $1,650, then the price increase will occur.
The price of the coin would be increased from $1,892 to $1,992. Pricing changes usually go into effect around mid-morning on Wednesday.
Second, the circulating quality 2012-S Denali National Park Quarter rolls have sold out at the US Mint. This means that all circulating quality San Francisco Mint bags and rolls for the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters have sold out.
The earliest sell outs caught many collectors by surprise, considering the fact that the US Mint indicated the coins would be produced to demand. Also, a statement on the product pages indicated that the bags and rolls would remain available for one year following the original release date. I discussed the product type in greater length in this post.
Based on sales figures, it seems that mintages for the circulating quality 2012-S quarters were about 1.4 million per design, with the exception of the El Yunque National Forest Quarters which were around 1.7 million.