2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set

Today, February 20, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set. The product contains this year’s five different quarter designs struck in a composition of 90% silver.

2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set

The obverse design of each of the five quarters features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan with inscriptions “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.

The reverse designs are representative of Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, and Saratoga National Historical Park in New York. The inscriptions on the reverse of each coin include the site name, state location, “2015” date, and motto “E Pluribus Unum”.

All coins are struck in “coin silver”, which consists of 90% silver and 10% copper. Each coin has a weight of 6.250 grams and diameter of 0.955 inches. The coins are struck at the San Francisco Mint and carry the “S” mint mark.

The 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set is priced at $31.95. This is unchanged from the price level of the prior year. For 2015, the US Mint had reduced the prices for certain silver products, increased the prices for some annual sets, but left the prices for silver annual sets unchanged.

The product carries no stated mintage limit and no household ordering limit.

This represent the first availability of the 2015 quarters struck in 90% silver. The coins will also be included in the full annual 2015 Silver Proof Set scheduled for release in May 2015 and priced at $53.95. The silver quarters will also be available within the 2015 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set with a release date still to be determined.

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  1. cagcrisp says

    2 of the 7 options (Silver Unc and 3 coin proof set) for the Marshal coins are now listed as OOS, Earlier this morning both were still listed as BO…

    I put in 99 earlier this morning on the 3 coin proof set and it was still Over that number so I doubt if it actually SO…

  2. fmtransmitter says

    @Tinto: please please understand that although that is the US Mint website, it is built and ran by a contracted public company and in no way reflects the actual US Mint facilities except for the poor judgment of management to award such a contract to a company that sucks. BUT, isn’t that how it always has been with government cocontract? Whos pocket gets greased and how does the one issuing the contract get to keep the most money. What scares me is that the changes they are making don’t make sense and mostly make things worse. I hope you let the appropriate people know how this contract is being managed so when renewal time comes, changes will be made.

  3. cagcrisp says

    @fmtransmitter, LOL…Yep I know it will change… Just letting off steam…

    ON TOPIC. I do BUY the Above mentioned 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set for Christmas gifts…

  4. says

    Jerry D.,
    I’ll reply to your comment on this new thread, since the last one came to an unceremonious end.
    I certainly agree with your “cutting” remarks in regard to the ill-advised Saratoga (sword) ATB, which will becoming out later this year. It’s “knife” to know that you feel the same as I do in regard to the image that was chosen for this ATB. What is the “point” of depicting Saratoga this way? Anyway you “hack” it the choice was a poor one. It has had me on “edge” since it was selected. The main “thrust” of my dissatisfaction is that a battlefield image should have been chosen instead. But just remember: The “pun” is mightier than the sword.

  5. ASE says

    I’m actually in the “minority” who does like the coin to the hilt, and let me parry these peen-in-the-ass petty foibles by stating that the coin is a desirable 5 Oz hunk of Ag at a great price, and to keep things at the center of balance, further state that the reverse device does accurately denote a surrender.

  6. Mister Kairu says

    Does anyone know approximately how long one would have to wait in order to buy this set on the bay for $20-25 free shipping? Do you have to wait quite a bit?

  7. cagcrisp says

    OK…I am Not a Buyer of the Pucks, However, this year I will be buying some “tubes” of the Turkey in a couple of months for some turkey hunters. I’m only going to give a couple of the Mint Turkey’s away so my questions are concerning the Bullion version. My question to all you Puck buyers is which company to do you buy from? Pre-sale? The bay? Or directly from a website?

    Since this is not an area that I do, I would like some input…

    Thanks in advance…

  8. gary says

    I like all of the designs for the 2015 ATBs. The 5 oz. P Mint and the ATB silver quarters set are about the only thing I buy from the Mint. All the other stuff is grossly overpriced especially with the depressed precious metals prices. Suckers buy the MS70 & PF70 slabs hoping to profit from purchasing these things?

  9. thePhelps says

    cagcrisp… if I was buying tubes – I’d look at APMEX or Provident and buy off their websites…

    I generally buy a single from each… and there is no quality control for what you get … but I’ve had fair luck so far.

  10. cagcrisp says

    @thePhelps, Do they do pre-sale and if so is it beneficial? The pucks come out during Arkansas’s turkey season so I would like to get them as soon as possible…

  11. Sam says

    pretty awesome stuff it is. I am just new to this passion and gaining as much info as possible. Any other nifty resource ? I am just stumbling upon sites. Is this info really non-reflective of the actual US Mint facilities ??

  12. Blair J Tobler says

    @fmtransmitter – the current contractor is basically the same one that ran it before PBGS, but I don’t remember them being as bad as they are now. The new site is terrible when it comes to information. I’ve got a set of First Spouse medals on backorder, but neither the Order Acknowledgment or the Order Summary emails I got make any mention of it being backordered, let alone what the expected date is. My order history says “Backordered”, but there is no indication of the expected shipping date is. The only time I saw that information was when I added it to the “Bag”. Add to that the fact that you can’t check tracking through your order history, but instead have to go back to your email, and it gets pretty frustrating.

  13. says

    Cag,
    Will it also be Louisiana’s turkey season when the Mint releases their coin. Shoot, otherwise wouldn’t the Mint be turkey poaching and risking running a-fowl of the law?

  14. Eddie says

    I am wanting to get a set of 70 graded 2014 silver Kennedy’s. What are your thoughts about that any pro’s and con’s would be helpful. Or I could 3 sets from the Mint but they of course would be ungraded.
    I will to any advice you will give to me.
    Can anyone tell me why the ASE 2015 that does not have the mint mark on the label tell me why it sales for more than the 2015(W) sales for? I mean they are the same coin so why does one sell for more myself I had rather get the ASE 2015(W).
    fmtransmitter thank you for the help on my other question in the previous thread.

  15. fmtransmitter says

    @Hawkster: you are on “point” today and it looks as though you are rolling up your “sleeve” to get to the fact that the Saratoga design is rather “dull” and needs “sharpening”.

  16. fmtransmitter says

    @Eddie: I would beg you to ask that exact question to whomever is selling said coin andpost their response here.

  17. fmtransmitter says

    @Kairu: You can wait and they cpuld go up or down in price but the price will NEVeR change from the Mint, only aftermarket. That being said, if your buying raw after market make sure they are in the lense or slabbed and graded or else you will be buying rejects from grading process and there will be a reason you got them for what five bucks less? Not worth it IMHO.

  18. cagcrisp says

    Going to APMEX website and it shows shipping date of the 5oz Homestead Bullion as 02/25. The Mints website shows 03/05 for sales of the P version. Is it normal for the Bullion version of the pucks to be shipped before the P versions?

    If that’s the case…I could actual receive some tubes before the Mint sells the P version. That would be sweet…

  19. Mister Kairu says

    Thanks FM. I have bought all but 2012/3 silver sets just to break em out for my dansco. They have all been beautiful and I don’t mind not having a box/coa. But guess I just have to wait and see!

  20. art says

    Why did Delaware have to have a design that looks just like Florida with different birds? Plus the Delaware birds are plentiful in Florida. Couldn’t the birds have been not common to both states? Very poor choice for Delaware’s Bombay Hook.

  21. says

    @capcrisp….yes, it the norm that the bullion ATB’s are released before the “P” version. APMEX is a good choice for “presales” as their are one of the AP’s (Authorized Purchasers)….so companies like MCM or Provident would have to receove them from APMEX or another AP.
    Here is a link to APMEX….the Homestead is the lowest price right now. Multiples of 10 will come in a Mint Tube, and thes would be great if you want to take a few out of the tube to give as gifts.
    http://www.apmex.com/category/22221/atb-5-oz-silver-coins

  22. Blair J Tobler says

    fmtransmitter – technically no, but my understanding is that they were a subcontractor to the contractor before PBGS. And shipments used to come from Memphis, just as they do now.

  23. gary says

    @Eddie… the price difference is all about Third Party graded labels and the suckers who believe that a 70 grade makes for a solid “investment”. At least you get a paper label and a grade that you might be able to sell to an even bigger fool (or else just take your lumps).

  24. says

    @cagcrisp…now if tou want to also buy some tubes that you don’t want to open, but just put away…APMEX also offers tubes in what they call “Mint Direct”….here is their discription of their “Mint Direct” tubes.
    “MintDirect®
    To ensure our customers receive only coins that have remained unopened from the United States Mint, APMEX has created a process to guarantee these coins come directly from the U.S. Mint to you. This process is called MintDirect® and it is your symbol of guarantee that these coins remain packaged in tubes taken directly from the sealed green “Monster Boxes,” as they were delivered.

    APMEX uses a special machine for the sealing process to ensure the products you receive are sealed completely once they are removed directly from the mint boxes. The mint tubes are placed on the conveyor leading into the machine and the sealing process seals both ends of each tube with tamper-evident packaging. If this tube has been opened in any way, you will know it. After the process is completed, the tube is removed from the machine and then checked to ensure the quality of the packaging meets our exacting standards.

    Once completed, the MintDirect® tubes are stored in the vault until they are ordered by our customers. By using this process, APMEX can guarantee the coins you receive are in exactly the same condition and packaging as they were when they left the U.S. Mint.”

    I bought a 2011 “Mint Direct” roll of slver eagles….just to set aside since this was the 25th Anniversary year.

    When selling on ebay, I have also found that these “Mint Direct” tubes sell for a small premium…it’s kinda like buying a sealed Mint Box coin/package.
    Of course some will always say, “how do you really know that these “Mint Direct” tube coins have not been searched. Well, sometimes you just have to have trust in a company….and when a company like APMEX sells sooo many silver eagles and ATB’s, I don’t think they would want to risk their integrity/reputation by not being honest with these ?Mint Direct” tubes

    btw…I’d like to be on your XMAS list for the 2015 Siler Quarter set!..lol

  25. Pool Shark says

    cagcrisp,

    I have been “collecting” (“accumulating” is more appropriate) the bullion ATB’s since early 2012. I buy both raw at the time of issuance, as well as the MS-69 DMPL’s when the ‘price is right.’

    I have ordered raw ATB’s from both Provident and APMEX, and have never had a problem with either company.

    I have never ordered fewer than 5 coins at a time, and usually order 20 of each mintage. This way, I get complete tubes. Additionally, APMEX and Provident haven’t charged me for shipping in at least a couple years (valued customer status?)

    My experiences:
    APMEX is generally a little quicker in delivery (maybe a day or so sooner, after my personal check clears.)
    Provident is usually a little cheaper in price (since I usually order 20 at a time, APMEX’ 20-qty. discount is almost as good as Provident’s 10-qty discount). However, if you intend to order only 1 – 5 coins at a time; Provident will be significantly cheaper.

    Since my purchases tend to coincide with drops in the precious metals prices; I order from whichever company has what I want in stock at that time.
    As for quality: the bullion I have received from both companies has been surprisingly good. I would estimate that most of my bullion (in tubes) from both companies would grade at least MS-67 or better.
    The only issues I’ve had were with the Perry’s and Great Smoky Mountains coins. The Perry’s all had that “hazy Rain” going on in the background; while some of my GSM coins had milk spots. Note that both of these issues were cause by the Mint and not the bullion dealer.

    Anyway, I recommend both companies, but all things being equal; I tend to lean towards Provident just because they’re usually cheaper.

    Good luck, cag!

  26. Pool Shark says

    Steve,

    Both issues (bullion and Pucks) are mint-to-demand. There are no actual mintage limits.

    cagcrisp,

    btw, I have never bought APMEX’ “MInt Direct” tubes; they seem like a real waste of money to me. If I want nice specimens, I’ll buy slabbed examples.

  27. thePhelps says

    Pool Shark… they do set mintage limits on the P pucks – they aren’t mint to demand. Generally the bullion version has been minted to about 33,000 the past couple of years – with some last year dropping dramatically from that number.

  28. Pool Shark says

    thePhelps,

    It was my understanding that after the 2010 fiasco, the Mint lifted the limits and went ‘mint to demand.’

    In either case, ‘demand’ hasn’t exceeded the original 2010 limit of 27,000 except for two of the 2014 issues (Shenandoah & Arches)).

    As for the bullion; mintages haven’t reached the original 2010 issue of 33,000 since 2011 except for White Mountain, Rushmore, and Everglades.

    Sure looks to me like there is a considerable numismatic potential to be had in the bullion ATB’s. That’s why I stack ATB’s instead of ASE’s which are minted in the MILLIONS…

  29. thePhelps says

    Pool… I agree the bullion ATB’s look like a better buy to me as well. The 1st year is the anomaly… followed by the 2nd year disaster… the last few years look like 20,000+ P pucks and 30,000 bullion…is average.

  30. Sith says

    @cagcrisp – As other indicated APMEX or Providence as I buy in small batches I prefer APMEX as they already come in capsules. That might not be a problem if your are buying a roll

    @Pool Shark – Not sure what your sources are but they have always have mintage limits. The mintage limit in 2011 was 126,700, which they then proceeded to produce before they realized nobody was buying them.

  31. Pool Shark says

    Sith,

    My source was this very blog:

    http://mintnewsblog.com/2011/06/2011-america-beautiful-silver-bullion/

    And here:

    http://mintnewsblog.com/2012/06/atb-5-oz-bullion-vs-numismatic-sales/

    Here’s the exact quote I remember reading back in 2012:

    2. ) Collectors who are pursuing the numismatic versions of the ATB 5 oz. coins may also want to acquire the bullion versions starting with the 2012 releases. Unlike the situation for last year when the US Mint struck each design with a high initial mintage, this year the US Mint has indicated that they will produce the coins to demand. If demand continues to be low, mintages could be low.”

  32. Pool Shark says

    Sith,

    I posted a source for the claim that the ATB bullion is now “mint to demand,” but my post is awaiting moderation,… because I linked to earlier posts from the Mint News Blog.

    Until it clears, here is the quote from the June 12, 2010 Mint News Blog Entry on “ATB 5 oz. Bullion vs. Numismatic Sales:”

    “2. ) Collectors who are pursuing the numismatic versions of the ATB 5 oz. coins may also want to acquire the bullion versions starting with the 2012 releases. Unlike the situation for last year when the US Mint struck each design with a high initial mintage, this year the US Mint has indicated that they will produce the coins to demand. If demand continues to be low, mintages could be low.”

    In any case, with the exception of the 3 specific Coins I listed above, the ATB bullion demand has been well below the initial 2010 ‘limits’ of 33,000.

  33. Pool Shark says

    Whoops!

    That should have read: “June 12, 2012 Mint News Blog Entry on “ATB 5 oz. Bullion vs. Numismatic Sales.”

    Sorry.

    [Great to have such a resource as the Mint News Blog!]

  34. D Rittenhouse says

    That Pool Shark commenter is using fancy comment formatting, like slanty letters and dark letters, and he’s quoting sources to back up his assertions — all stuff that only the unpleasant Jon commenter used to do. Looks like he just another one of Jon’s aliases. I would have thought, though, that he ‘d have figured out by now that any comment with more than one url link forces it into the “awaiting moderation” status, even when all the links point back to this blog or to official .gov websites.

  35. whatajoke says

    What if the Mint ended sales of the 2014 P pucks before Homestead comes out? That would make Everglades the big winner.

  36. thePhelps says

    Pool Shark… from the mints own records. The 2011 mintages for the ATBs were well over 33,000 – the lowest was Chicksaw at 48,700.

    Hawaii and Denali in 2012 were the lowest at 20,000. In 2013 White Mountain and Rushmore were both 35,000 – the other 3 were all 30,000.

    Going back to the OP question – the mint always announces production limits for the P puck – but I believe you are correct the bullion has been going on a mint to demand. I think that is misleading because they seldom run them for more than a few months and then stop – unlike some other products which seem to live on forever…

  37. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    Question — let suppose I had a friend with an Enhanced Sac with missing edge lettering — how much would it be worth in say grade 68? In OGP?

    I know there was already one in existence per above. Now lets say maybe there were 2 more. What do you think one could reasonably expect to get at this point, for at least one of those?

  38. KCSO says

    whatajoke – along similar lines, I’ve been trying to recall if they’ve ever had differing prices among identical PM products, sans the 10% subscription discount.
    A quarter to anyone that can answer that! 😉

  39. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @Jon says, February 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    “. . . assertions — all stuff that only the unpleasant Jon commenter used to do. Looks like he just another one of Jon’s aliases.”

    I agree.

  40. Bob R says

    @cag, I believe the reason PM did not sell off with the Greek/EU thing is the bigger gorilla in Europe. Ukr/Russ is a much bigger deal than Greece. IMO

  41. Bob R says

    @cag, The PM may have a bounce the next 2 months with Russia pushing Europe around and a weak American President floundering around like Chicken Little with all the world problems….God help us, and I am a Democrat
    .

  42. Bob R says

    I have been buying the ATB P pucks from the mint since day one. This years designs with NE and NY are as bad as it gets. I will buy only a couple each of them. As far as LA design, the turkey in flight is poor, wild turkeys spend 99.999% of the time scavenging the ground, not in flight. The woodpecker would make a much more beautiful coin for LA, again in my opinion.

  43. Jerry Diekmann says

    This response actually goes back to the last post and the beginning of this post, but Tinto, RC Dave, stephen m, and Keep Calm all had imprtant issues to say, so I’ll chime in. I don’t dislike the British, I just don’t care much about a country that didn’t care about their people or their colonies for hundreds of years. For the French, they should be ashamed of how they conducted themselves in WW II – the largest country in Europe and falling to Germany within a month. But worse is that, unlike the other overrun countries, the French collaborated with the Nazis and actually became our enemies, plus they rounded up and sent thousands of Jews to their certain deaths in concentration camps. As for the Germans, I’m of German ancestry on all four sides, but all four sides were Americans and fought their German cousins during the war. I had four uncles during the war who served in both theaters – fortunately they all came back alive. I know that many young German men did not want to go to war any more than many young American men did. The difference was, if the German soldier refused to fight, he would be immediately shot. Hitler had given orders that they could never surrender – if they tried to, they would be shot. That stupid decision is the main reason for what happened to the German army fighting at Stalingrad. It was a death sentence – you either committed suicide, were shot by the enemy or your own troops, or you became a POW and were sent to Siberia where you almost certainly would meet death through cold, starvation, beatings, and shootings.. I know a lot of people hate the Germans, but it is important to remember that the Wehrmacht was not the SS, who were homicidal thugs and killers. Thei German leaders were insane and horribly cruel and all of them deserved death. But 4 million young German men were killed in the war out of a total pre-war population of 80 million. The country’s cities and cultural achievements were laid waste bythe actions of a diabolical tyrant who attracted equally evil devils. There were about 20 attempts on Hitler’s life by the German people, but none of them succeeded. Had any of them been successful, WW II might not have ever occurred or it would have been shortened considerably. And let’s not forget the complicity of the British and the French in appeasing Hitler and allowing him to take over Czechoslovakia and annex Austria, or for the mistakes made by the British and the French in forcing the Treaty of Versailles on Germany after WW I. That treaty ame back to haunt those countries and led directly to another much worse war just 20 years later.

    As for government contracts, since the government is by definition led by politicians, effectiveness and efficiency are not major concerns, and neither is finance. The only considerations are – and this is not a rant but facts – will the government leaders be paid for their decisions in rewarding contracts to their friends and lobbyists.. Everything in this country today – local, state, and national, and some states like New Jersey and Louisiana, are worser than others – everything is a “quid pro quo” with money changing hands one way or the other. Look at Congress – everyone who enters Congress leaves Congress with a lot more money than when they went in, and many of them leave Congress to work as lobbyists for the companies who were bribing – I mean, influencing, them when they were in Congress. They sit on company boards and draw lots of money and getting lots of shares of stocks for doing very little. The only thing most people ever receive from Congress is a request for donations – to stop the Republicans from doing this or that or to stop the Democrats from doing this or that. The only thing they know, and the only solution to the country’s problems, most of which they created themselves is money. Money will solve all the problems – the hell it will – money is the cause of most of our country’s problems, if the truth were told. That’s why what I see going on at the Mint doesn’t surprise me at all. Bureaucracies are establish to impede investigations. Do the GAO reports ever result in any fundamental changes – I don’t think so – they’re just reports “that meet the weight test” and are then forgotten as quickly as yesterday’s newspaper. I know some people will think I am being terribly cynical about how are country is being run (or ruined) today, but I think, instead, I am being terribly realistic. Others may choose to agree or disagree – after all, it is still, at least now, a free country.

  44. Jerry Diekmann says

    ASE – a hunk of silver weighing 5 ounces could have any design on it, but does it need to be such a poorly designed coin as Saratoga?. This coin has to join Hot Springs and Perry’s Victory as the very worst ATB coins – so far. You could put a picture of a horse’s rear end on a 5-oz. puck and it would look as good as any of these three coins, and it would be a lot easier to understand what it stood for, too.

  45. Jerry Diekmann says

    Bob R – be careful! Maybe floundering around is better than going off half cocked and lying about WMD and invading Iraq and starting a war there. If history serves me well, for all our might and technology, the USA hasn’t done all that well in the game of war in the last 70 years, since the end of WW II. Let me see – Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Cuba, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Bosnia, Serbia – have I missed any? The only war we wion was the Cold War, which we won without firing a shot (only the NSA knows for sure) by just spending the USSR into oblivion. But the remnant of that evil empire is still rattling sabers at weaker countries, something it has done in all of its existence. Russia has always been a PITA to other countries and is probably hated by more countries in the world than any other, even us, for all the money we have spent and the good we have tried to do.

  46. says

    The 5 quarter silver proof set might be a good value item, IF it had a low mintage. But one is gambling on this at this time, unless there is a mintage limit?? They are still selling the 2013 sets! As far as investing for silver content, at $31.95, they are a bit pricey with only 6.25 grams each of Ag. But better than the other Ag offerings. It is better to buy generic rounds! The pucks are nice, but still quite a premium when compared to a 10 oz bar, or 5 – 1 oz bars. Sure they have recognizable designs, and are nicely minted, but that does not move me to pay the premium. I do not like any of the 2015 designs. To me about 3/4’s of these new clad quarters are poorly designed. I do like some of the territorials, and I enjoy reading the comments from y’all.
    Gary

  47. Tinto says

    @fmtransmitter

    Yeah, I keep forgetting that the Mint gave up total control to the contractor, though I would have thought the Mint would have some sort of oversight. After all it is the Mint’s reputation on the line not the contractor’s whose name is nowhere to be found on the website. But then that would be asking too much of these “decision makers” from the Mint who have not had a Director since Moy left in January 2011. So no one to manage the “managers” …

  48. KCSO says

    Thinking the 1st sales reporting period for the Homestead puck will be in the neighborhood of 14,000 as many enrollments have now been canceled, silver is down, & the design lacks enthusiasm. Final sales will tack on another 5-6k (if lucky) as its ’14 predessors have done

  49. thePhelps says

    KCSO… given the price and the design – you are being way to generous with 14k. I’ll say they will be lucky to get 9k sold in the early stages of the Homestead. Silver is trading in the $16.25 range… with this being so poorly designed – there isn’t much justification for the markup. I don’t see it doing much over 15k in total sales.

  50. says

    KCSO,
    Saying that the Homestead “lacks enthusiasm” is generous on your part. It looks like the design was submitted by a third grade student as part of an art contest.

  51. cagcrisp says

    Homestead First Reporting Period

    KCSO neighborhood of 14,000
    thePhelps will be lucky to get 9k
    cagcrisp 12,500

  52. Larry says

    @GSdykes – I have a complete set of proof silver quarters dating back to 1999. It is a pretty impressive thing to look at. Sure, I paid a premium over the price of silver, but I know I have enjoyed collecting them way more than I would have enjoyed a set of silver bars. Isn’t that the point of all this? Maybe there should be a separate blog for bullion folks.

  53. jhawk92 says

    @whatajoke-

    Thanks for the link for SD Bullion! I’ve bought from Provident, APMEX, and MCM and I like what I see. Have others here bought from SD, and what has your experience been? I’ve been waiting for ASE’s to drop in price at Provident but the price at SD beats Provident pretty nicely. May be time to get my 2015 Eagles!

  54. says

    There is no dimension to the Homestead. In particular, the cabin is depicted in a side elevation, which is a straight -on -view of the cabin’s side. Compare this to the dimensional cabin depicted on the Smoky Mountain ATB, which is a much better executed and attractive image.
    Again, a very uninspiring design.

  55. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    1963, yes 1963 kennedy sold for $110.
    It must be some special outfit and not the Mint.
    I read there were no 1963s, Kennedy was assassinated on 11/22/63
    and the new half was first issued in 1964, all dated 1964..

  56. KCSO says

    Hawkster/thePhelps- I am stuffing my face with Merlot and Brie in the city of love, & hence why I’m being ‘generous’! 😆 You guys are probably right, & I would welcome that, Volcanoes & Denali need some competition.
    I am anxiously awaiting what materializes from the Arches inverse, DMPLs should do well

  57. Dave SW FL says

    JHawk,
    I bought a bag of “junk” coin from SD back when silver was in the 30s. They promptly shipped and sent me a bag of half dollars (which usually have a higher premium where I buy) and there were 8 beautiful Franklin proofs and a very valuable Walker included. They sometimes have free shipping specials. Downside is 3% credit card surcharge.

    I’d like to hear from anyone who has recently bought from them.

  58. cagcrisp says

    @KCSO, Crater of Diamonds is close to Murfreesboro . Probably about 3 hours. Depending on how many logging trucks you get behind…

  59. says

    @Larry,

    I stack, and rounds do not fit well in a square safe. I too have many Quarter silver proof sets, — 9 – I think , off hand. They are nice. The 2015 series is terrible. No cause to be alarmed, Larry I am not impinging upon your approval of the mint’s silver business. I like some of the non-US mint offerings as well, much “bullion” IS well designed. Look at the Armenian offerings! Impressive. I even have numerous items from the mint’s last silver CIRCULATION offering! Anyone recall what it was?

  60. thePhelps says

    Ok…I thought labels for coins was getting ridiculous. Then I went looking for Season 3 of The Game of Thrones on eBay… people are paying ridiculous prices to get specific box of the show. I honestly couldn’t even tell you if I bought the DVD or BluRay of the 1st couple of seasons – let alone which box they came in.

  61. Dustyroads says

    I’ll lay a claim on the Homestead “first reporting period”; a lot of these go out to people who have them in their sub list, several thousand if not more. They won’t care if the design is a bad one or not. Then there are the buyers who just love the feeling of buying a Mint product, that should put the # up to around 12,000, but they will have second thoughts because they’re somewhat flaky, so knock the # back a 1,000. Then there are those who collect the set and don’t want to break it up because of a bad design, they will add 3,000. So, I then have to put my estimate a 14,000. But again, it’s an ugly coin, so I to back to estimate down 2,000.
    My estimate is 12,000 for the first reporting period.

  62. fmtransmitter says

    I would REALLY be into the first dealer who sends you a short clip video of your order being packed and sealed with a close up of the tracking number and the final tape box closed. Now that would be cool. True Miby direct “Tm”. Again though, numbered edge will do away with all doubt..

  63. fmtransmitter says

    @thePhelps: guy had me flipping game of thrones dragons but the box had to be perfect. Without too much detail, it was a nightmare. I had to send back a bunch. I got one perfect box for every six I ordered. Crazy

  64. fmtransmitter says

    HSN guy gets so passionate about 50k sacabuck being so low of a mintage and compares it to the 95w being so low. What I don’t get is why he doesn’t sell pucks and why he isn’t as excited about those. They have lower mintage levels and five pure ounces of silver???//

  65. fmtransmitter says

    Forget it, I got my own Answer. Sacabuck offers most profit margin for him and pucks offer least. Case closed.

  66. thePhelps says

    GF… some people apparently have forgotten about beanie babies…and baseball cards and all the other fad collecting garbage. I remember in the 80’s I was in a store that got a pallet of cabbage patch dolls – had I had about $500 – I could have made a ton of money. You could buy em for $35 and sell em for $125.

  67. cagcrisp says

    Homestead First Reporting Period

    KCSO neighborhood of 14,000
    thePhelps will be lucky to get 9k
    cagcrisp 12,500
    Dustyroads 12,000; 12,000 -1,000+3,000-2,000 = 12,000
    Gold Fishin 14,888

  68. KCSO says

    Gf- ironically, the diamond would be for Maggie on the Walking Dead, it’s gonna take a lot, so I’d better start dig’n! 😉
    With the Turkey puck release w/i 60 days of the Outhouse release, follow on sales will be very low, scratch that 5-6k follow on guesstimate

  69. KCSO says

    Cag – LMAO;

    K15 to reach 75,000
    3 week trailing avg: 6.5 mos
    8 week trailing: 4.4 mos
    Threw out the 4th week back of (80), just pushes it out further

  70. Joe says

    I made a small cc purchase ( + 3% surcharge) with SD two weeks ago and received my order within a week. The coins were fine.

  71. says

    I actually like the Homestead coin and will be the bullion version right away. Something about these coins with cabins (2009 Lincoln Birthplace, 2014 Great Smoky Mtns., etc.
    The only other 2015 ATB coin I will but is the Louisiana Turkey….love that coin.

    Last year i bought 3 sets of the P version ans one set of the bullion. If I had known what the mintages were going to be, I would of bought 3 bullion and 1 P, numismatic set.

    Oh well, I think either version is a winner long term….mintages of 20-35 thousand appeals to me much more than stacking silver eagles with their 40 million or so mintages.

    And with the somewhat negative reponse thus far, thee 2015 5 oz ATB’s may set some new lows.

    Well, good luck to everyone as we all have different views….but I think with where gold and silver prices are right now, 10-15 years down the road, these may be bargain prices.

  72. Bob R says

    Homestead first reporting period, I go with 11,334. It is a nice looking for a outhouse, they do them well in Nebraska.

  73. jhawk92 says

    @Joe-

    Ah, good. A recent experience. Thanks for your input. I like Provident, but when you look at the difference in pricing, PD is growing on me.

    Speaking of Provident, has anyone bought the T206 baseball card bars? I know Horus Wager is sold out but Cy Yong looks interesting. It’s just a lot to pay for an oz of silver.

  74. says

    I believe the last — made for circulation — silver coin by the US mint was the 3 coins of the 1976 bicentennial, all 40%. Quarter, half, and the big Eisenhower.
    GSDykes

  75. Hidalgo says

    GSDyke – the 1976 bicnetennail coins made of 40% silver were NOT made for circulation. The last coin minted for circulation that contained silver was the 40% silver 1969 Kennedy half. The 1970 D Kennedy half is made of 40% silver, but could only be found in US mint sets.

    I believe the last — made for circulation — silver coin by the US mint was the 3 coins of the 1976 bicentennial, all 40%. Quarter, half, and the big Eisenhower.
    GSDykes

  76. JagFan says

    *JHAWK92 – I have picked up both the Wagner and Young cards. The three card set from Provident would be nice however the price on that set is over the top. I will probably pick up a couple more singles of the Young card to see if I can get Lucky with one of the short prints.

    There will be a total of 5 in the complete set. I was an avid card collector before I jumped full force into the coin world so these were an easy purchase. The price is average for what you would have to pay for an oz of silver on the world market

  77. cagcrisp says

    Homestead First Reporting Period

    KCSO neighborhood of 14,000; 5-6k follow on guesstimate
    thePhelps will be lucky to get 9k
    cagcrisp 12,500
    Dustyroads 12,000; 12,000 -1,000+3,000-2,000 = 12,000
    Gold Fishin 14,888
    Bob R 11,334

  78. says

    I believe that the Mint’s design committee really missed an opportunity when it didn’t ‘t choose design 08 for the Blue Ridge Parkway ATB. This design depicts the “S” shaped Linn Viaduct as it wraps around Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. The design would have looked especially great on the 5 oz canvass, with the slope of the treed mountain in the foreground and the forest/mountains in the background. Just a spectacular panorama. But, not to be.
    Google images ofthe Blue Ridge Parkway to see actual photos of the Linn Viaduct. Just awesome.

  79. Billy the Kid says

    If the mint is looking for a new coin idea, they could make a coin that celebrates each US mint location and the years that they were in operation.

    Another idea would be to mine the history of the stage stops across America…of note would be Wells fargo routes.
    I like the idea of a silver and or gold coin for each.

    Billy the Kid

  80. says

    Billy,
    Stage stops across America? Wouldn’t that be one helluva long listed series? I’m not so sure the Mint should go down that road. Stuff like that was formerly in the realm of the beloved Franklin Mint.

  81. Joe says

    It would be nice to have a tank or warplane series of coins. Also the newer Maples with the privy is something the US mint could do on the ASE using a eagle or a star privy for example.

  82. fmtransmitter says

    Man that Mint is messed up, I just got a tracking number for the gold proof Marshall coin. Maybe they have been back in stock, not sure as I have been busy and haven’t been on their site in a long time simply because I can’t believe whatever it says..

  83. fmtransmitter says

    So that gold commem is on back order but i got one that just shipped out. If it is a returned reject it’s going back!

  84. gary says

    Just as with privately minted silver, the U.S. Mint could put just about anything on them and they’d be certain to sell. Make it, market it, sell it and then on to the next concoction. The problem with the privately minted stuff and the pseudo-country items is that they are the first to get amassed and priced as junk silver when the stuff gets liquidated.

  85. Dustyroads says

    Steve says

    February 21, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I actually like the Homestead coin and will be the bullion version right away. Something about these coins with cabins (2009 Lincoln Birthplace, 2014 Great Smoky Mtns., etc.
    The only other 2015 ATB coin I will but is the Louisiana Turkey….love that coin.

    Steve, It’s refreshing to read a point of view that leans against the general consensus…I’m on you side buddy, and I’m routing for your success.

  86. says

    Billy the Kid,
    Isn’t that idea of yours about the Mint putting out a stage stop ( Wells Fargo) series a little self- serving? After all, with your history of holding up stage coaches, I think you may want to reconsider your suggestion. Or, do you just want to keep yourself in the limelight?

  87. Dave SW FL says

    OT
    Just got email from USMint confirming refund. From the day I printed and mailed the return to today’s email was 5 WEEKS. I was informed that they did not receive it, they received it, we don’t know where your return is, we will request your refund, we don’t know why your refund has not been processed, we will expedite your refund, and finally, expect your refund to appear on cc in 5-7 business days.
    These new shipper/processors are TERRIBLE. Oh, for the simple old days when you could just request a replacement and get it in a week!

    End of rant

  88. Ends in Error says

    The Mint is doing a fine job. They are giving employment to unemployed recent commercial art graduates. And with their constant output of uninspiring new product they are helping me to keep my money for more important junk expenditures.

    As for that shipping firm they are using, I’m expecting to see a major headlines any day about major thefts of US Mint product.

  89. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    Hello —

    Well on & off topic — we won’t have to worry too much about the Mint sometime within the near future (within 1-2 years or so); probably will get hit with a Carrington type event (massive solar flare) and good bye un-shielded electronics, satellites, et cetera.

    This this one of the reasons, we have been seeing so much strange weather and so on. Just make sure you stock plenty of batteries and, uh (silver to spend, shhhh!). Oh and those other precious metasl (lead, tin, copper and steel [generally found in brass or nickel cases — which are generally then put into another type of safe that also has a bolt].

    It will be interesting to see how this younger generation — “Selfie’s” function without all their electronics.

    @Billy the Kid says- February 22, 2015 at 11:12 a.m.

    You might be closer to the truth than you know! Why am I now hearing Moulder/Scully tune from “X” files?

    :o|

  90. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    Hmmmm — did I say too much?

    Thought I just saw a black chopper (actually, they are really charcoal color – up close); I didn’t sat that either.

  91. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in my posts above are those of: The Real “Cool” Dave and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of anybody real or otherwise fictitious. Any content/information provided by: The Real “Cool” Dave are of his opinion, and are not intended to malign any group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything; whether “Cool,” or “Un-cool, and purely for entertainment/amusement purposes only.

  92. GoldFishin says

    @Real Cool- when addressing your eod supply needs, don’t forget an ample supply of tin foil along with your lead bullion. 😉

  93. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @GoldFishin says – February 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    “Tinfoil” — good point ! I am open to hearing any other suggestions. To stay on topic — to go with your junk silver stash, lead bullion, brass, copper (TSX), et cetera.

  94. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    Oh yeah — everyone should have a good bicycle (minimum) to ride to do all your requisite trading and spending your junk silver on supplies as appropriate, eh?

  95. Ends in Error says

    Has anyone ever considered living in a faraday cage? Seriously. Lately I’m thinking emf is too large a part of everyday life. Getting away from it for a part of your day might be a good thing.

    Now where can I find a couple rolls of copper mesh screening?

    All tin foil joking aside, I’m serious on this.

  96. D Rittenhouse says

    @Ends in Error,
    I doubt many readers here have the faintest clue about what a Faraday cage is/does. I suggest aluminum screen as a cost-effective and convenient alternative to copper. I’m sure you know that the shortest wavelength (highest frequency) you want to block/reflect will determine the maximum allowable mesh opening size. What did you have in mind?

  97. Ends in Error says

    I once worked for Litton Industries for a very short time. We made Emergency Buoys for ships. Anyway we tested them in a room completely enclosed in a fine copper screening the same sizing as regular window screen. The “faraday cage” prevented signals from getting to the satellite that monitored for sinking ships. Anyway since then I’ve considered the possible benefits of shielding my bedroom and possibly a few more rooms and perhaps my entire house from all emf. Exposure to emf is a known cancer cause. Blocking it out can only be a good thing. Hopefully a person could resist the urge to never go outside into the emf world.

  98. Erik H says

    Dave SW FL, I feel your pain. I recently received a letter stating that I was issued a refund before the mint received the return. REALLY?!?!

    Since when does the Mint give you refunds before receiving their products back. I called C.S. and told them the date they received the package and the date when I received my credit (which was 3 weeks later). I saved the tracking and mint automatic email that confirms they got it plus it shows up as “returned” in my history so I don’t know why they can’t figure it out???

    Last, after 6 weeks of not getting my “free” shipping credited back to my account I finally just gave up. Every time I call C.S. they kept saying it’s being processed just give it another 3-5 days. It’s been almost 3 months now and still nothing!

  99. says

    @ Hildago

    Thanks for the correction: reading over the New York Times articles published back then (1976 -1977) it appears that most of the 45,000,000 coins (15,000,000 each denomination) did not sell well. And that they were in UNcirculated and proof sets only.
    I should have read more carefully!
    Gary

  100. says

    @ Joe,

    Yes, WW II — planes, tanks, big howitzers, even nice firearms! When one thinks about it, there are all sorts of designs which would make a great series. Has anyone else seen the endangered fox series, in silver and gold, I forget who mints them, (Nigeria?) but some are really fantastic. Cute critter! (It has big ears), Found it, its called a Fennec Fox! I like the Fierce Lynx of Canada also, and a coin called Temple of Heaven. Still our current ASE with Miss Liberty is hard to beat, I really like its clean reverse! So many coins, so little time… (and money).
    On the Fennec Fox issue, here is the link:

    http://agaunews.com/new-release-a-star-is-born-fennec-fox-appears-on-four-seperate-coins/

    The oxidized issue is the choice coin in my eyes.

    Gary

  101. jhawk92 says

    @JagFan

    I was not a card collector, but these do have some appeal. I wonder if these will hold value at all, since they are selling at a huge premium over a “regular” oz of silver. I would certainly look at the 3 card set, but you are right, Provident does put on some extra premium on it. If you got the 3 card set, then wouldn’t you have 7 “cards”? There are supposed to be 5 cards; Wagner, Young, Cobb, Johnson, and Mathewson, but then you add in two extra Youngs? I’m just not sure about them yet…that’s a lot of extra silver I could buy.

    Back OT…I will get the silver proof set, to keep my complete set going.

  102. fmtransmitter says

    On topic, can anyone chime in on who usually offers the best price on NGC PF70 ATB coins, ER/FR and now FDOI? Thanks in advance all. Have I said how grateful I am for all of you and this blog?

  103. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @Ends in error —

    I know exactly what a Faraday cage is, contrary to what Jon says. There he goes again, not taking his meds.

    @thePhelps says – February 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm
    “@Real Cool… you forgot duct tape – lots of duct tape.”

    Yeah – good idea as well. Oh, and don’t forget “toilet paper” and I am not talking about the kind that is always sticking and posting dismissive/ rogue comments on this site.

    😉

  104. Ends in Error says

    A faraday suit is interesting but taking it just a bit too far. Actually unless a person had hi tension lines or a radio tower in the back yard a faraday cage probably is going too far. But what the H , it’s just something I think I want to do one day.

    I’m not at the point of tin foil hat yet. Hopefully that will never happen. 😉 LOL

    And those Black Helicopters? I used to fly in them , while in the Army. ☺

  105. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @Ends in Error says – February 23, 2015 at 12:34 am

    If we get hit (which we almost certainly will be) by a solar flare (X-Class), a Faraday cage would indeed help save electronics from being fried.

    Recently NASA revealed that on July 23, 2012, Earth had a near miss with a solar flare, or coronal mass ejection, from the most powerful storm on the sun in over 150 years, but nobody mentioned it.

    Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said if it had hit us, we would have been in real trouble.

    Anyway, I don’t recall any NASA commemoratives from the US Mint.

  106. whatajoke says

    I found a deal at one of those “We buy gold” places this weekend. 20 silver proof state quarters in airtites for $3 each…..

  107. cagcrisp says

    Five 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coins K15 1st Strike Sold this morning for $6,250.00. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Long term I still remain very bullish on the Gold Kennedy, However, I think before the 75k limit is hit you will be able to purchase for $1,165.00 (or $1,127.50 or $1,090.00). I can’t see paying that much of a premium for First Strike label…

    I still see FMV for Gold Around the $1,100.00 level Sometime in CY2015…

  108. fmtransmitter says

    I have the bronze commem of the moon landing. Same die used to issue the gold medal Reduced, they also had the three inch version, have no clue whats in stock and whats not so my advice is if the website let’s you place an order, expect it to ship and your card to get dinged, no dilly dally. …

  109. fmtransmitter says

    @Cagcrisp, i agree with FMV and actual to be somewhere between eight and nine hundred. I ran into a Canadian miner ar the car wash down here to escape the cold and said the amount of gold Canada is getting out of the ground is absolutely amazing. Unbelievable he said.

  110. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Pricing for the MoD Special Set.., Okay, not too bad!

    March of Dimes Special Silver Set ~ $61.95

  111. fmtransmitter says

    We’ve heard all the gold ever found can fit in three Olympic size swimming pools making it rare. Well, with modern technology and GPs and equipment, i firmly believe we will see hundreds of thousands of tonnes come to market amd then get manipulated just like diamonds.

  112. cagcrisp says

    cagcrisp says

    February 7, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    The Mint is taking something with little demand and repackaging it with 2 Silver dimes, adding $15 to price and selling. I don’t like the design of the MOD, not interested in the Silver dimes…

    My guess on Price is $60-$65…

    Actual pricing of $61.95 is exactly $15 for 2 silver dimes…

  113. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    nobody complaining. that’s because the stock market’s up.
    Funny how you humans are.

  114. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    BTW, you can submit a design for a coin. Check D Carr’s website, a famous coin designer of the NY and Maine State Quarters. I think I’ll try it if I ever get the time off from writing my Ph.D. thesis too many late nights.

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