Today, September 19, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set featuring the 2013 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarters.
The Fort McHenry Quarter features a portrayal of the site during the “Defenders Day” celebration. The fireworks above symbolize the “rocket’s red glare” and provide a link to the fort’s historic past. In fitting fashion, the US Mint recently hosted the official launch ceremony for the quarter to kick off Star-Spangled Banner Defenders’ Day Weekend. Coverage and photos from the event can be found in this CoinUpdate article.
The three-coin set includes uncirculated versions of the quarter struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, along with a proof version struck at the San Francisco Mint. The three coins are mounted on a durable plastic card, which includes an aerial view of the fort. The back of the card includes a brief description of the site and coin, with a certificate of authenticity.
The Fort McHenry Quarter Three Coin Set is priced at $9.95 and offered with no product limit or ordering limits imposed. The Mint’s free shipping promotion for domestic web orders is still taking place, so eligible orders placed before September 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM ET will have free shipping.
Looking ahead, the US Mint’s product schedule currently indicates the next product release nearly a month away on October 17, 2013.
Earlier this week, the US Mint had issued a press release announcing a release date of September 24 for the 2013 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set, however the press release was later removed making the release date uncertain. This set will include uncirculated versions of the four 2013 Presidential Dollars, the 2013 Native American Dollar, and the 2013-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle.
Collectors are also still awaiting the 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins, which are listed on the schedule with the release date to be determined. Back when the designs were announced in early August, the Mint indicated that the first of the five different coins would be released in “early fall.” Last year, the first of the 2012-dated issues was released on October 11.