2015 Bombay Hook ATB Quarter 3-Coin Set

nf8_a (1)Tomorrow, October 6, the U.S. Mint will release the 2015 Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Three-Coin Set at noon ET. The set is available for $9.95; it includes two Uncirculated quarters that were respectively minted in Philadelphia and Denver, and one Proof quarter minted in San Francisco. There are no stated limits on availability or orders per household at this time.

The Bombay Hook design is the fourth of five America the Beautiful designs to be issued in 2015. It was first issued as a circulating quarter on September 14, with a reverse featuring a great blue heron, a great egret, and the inscriptions BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The Bombay Hook quarter is the 29th release in the America the Beautiful program, which plans to issue a total of 56 designs at a rate of 5 per year until the series concludes in 2021.


Most of 28 previously-released America the Beautiful 3-coin sets are still available on the U.S. Mint’s Web site. The sets with the highest sales totals so far have featured Yellowstone National Park (23,804), Hot Springs National Park (22,498), and Gettysburg National Military Park (21,743) quarters.

Mintage numbers for circulating ATB quarters have varied widely. As a point of comparison, the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historic Park quarter saw a mere 44 million coins released into circulation, while this year’s first three ATB releases have averaged 690.2 million circulation quarters minted per design.

For more information on the Bombay Hook ATB quarter 3-coin set, visit its product page.

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  1. cagcrisp says

    The following items No Longer appear on the Mint’s Production and Sales report (Listed are the LKS):

    First Spouse 1CE 2013 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – TAFT 2,598
    First Spouse 1CF 2013 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – TAFT 1,993
    First Spouse 1CG 2013 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – WILSON 1ST 2,511
    First Spouse 1CH 2013 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – WILSON 1ST 1,980
    First Spouse 1CJ 2013 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – WILSON 2ND 2,464
    First Spouse 1CK 2013 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – WILSON 2ND 1,974
    First Spouse HP1 2014 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – HARDING 2,372
    First Spouse HP3 2014 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – COOLIDGE 2,315
    Precious Metal Products K15 2014 KENNEDY ANNIVERSARY GOLD COIN 73,772
    Precious Metal Products NR5 2014 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – EVRGLD 22,732
    Special Collectibles P87 2014 ATB QTR 3-COIN SET – SM MTN 18,588

  2. VA Bob says

    johnaz – of course, the Mint has to keep sales volume up and these NA coins fit the bill, especially with the perhaps new annual C & C sets. 700% markup, why not.

  3. Piotr says

    AX2 and AX3 don’t have the “This product is currently Unavailable. Learn More” wording. AX1 seems to be the last one left.

  4. Hidalgo says

    I have not seen many posts recently about the high relief 2015 gold liberty coin. I checked eBay and it appears that the coin is barely selling above the US Mint’s retail price. I presume that the low markup on eBay is to compensate for eBay’s 10% seller fees.

    If you factor out the bullion value of the coin, with it be a secondary market winner in the months to come? Time will tell!

  5. Erik H says

    OT – has anybody that liked the 2 oz Ultra High Relief Privateer Series from Provident picked up the new 2 oz Cleopatra Ultra High Relief ? If you like Egyptian themed rounds they look pretty good in hand.

  6. ips_stuff says


    Why should it sell for more than the US MINT’s retail price when it is still available at the US Mint’s price on their website. Low markup is a result of there still being a primary market and no need for a secondary market.

    Just my opinion.

  7. Sith says

    @JagFan _ Oh my! It pretty bad when a round looks better than 3/4 of the stuff the mint has been putting out.

    @Hidalgo – Yes time will tell. The 2009 UHR was declared a loser after then the mint was forced to melted down the remaining 60K coins. Then the price went through the roof.

  8. Jeff says

    Well if you have 10+ years to wait and see go for it sith. I never liked the coin, could not afford it so I’ll leave it at that

  9. cagcrisp says

    Concerning the high relief Liberty, I thought the following quote from a coin world article was appropriate. The article is about the $2.50 and $5.00 Gold Indian’s…

    “The new Pratt $2.50 quarter eagle and $5 half eagle, featuring an Indian Head obverse design, were trashed in the numismatic press. On Dec. 7, 1908, well-known Philadelphia coin dealer S. Hudson Chapman, wrote to President Roosevelt to express his displeasure, noting in part:

    “It was the hope of everyone that when our new coinage appeared we would have one of great beauty and artistic merit. But the new $5 and $2.50 gold pieces just issued totally lack these qualities, and not only those of beauty, but actually miss the practicability to which every effective beauty in relief has been sacrificed. …

    “The head of the Indian is without artistic merit, and portrays an Indian who is emaciated. … The placing of the design below the surface of the flan, with deeply incised outlines, gives the effect of having been engraved into the metal, and can, therefore, be closely imitated by any metal chaser with the graver, without dies or moulds. And I am certain that if this had been suggested to the Secret Service officials it never would have been issued by the Treasury Department, and the issuance ought to be immediately stopped and the coins recalled. …

    “The sunken design, especially the deeply sunken portion of the neck of the Indian, will be a great receptacle for dirt and conveyor of disease, and the coin will be the most unhygienic ever issued, …

    ”These coins will be a disgrace to our country as a monument of our present ideas of art as applied to coinage. …”

    The effect of this was that hardly any numismatists desired to collect such pieces. As a result, except for some saved by the public as a novelty in the first year of issue, today many of these coins, issued intermittently though 1929, are very rare in Gem Mint State in relation to the demand for them.

  10. Sith says

    @Jeff – I got the Liberty but is going to cost me the 2015 gold coins next year. I’m also still eating Ramadan Noodles over that buy. I got it keep to my theme of UHR\HR from the mint. And yes I will never get the 1907 UHR but I can dream about it., and I have tonight’s winning lottery ticket in my back pocket.

    @JagFan – thank you I just picked up one of the rounds. Hopefully it looks just as nice as it does on the website

  11. So Krates says

    @ Erik H – Thanks for the Cleopatra link. I hadn’t seen that one yet. That Heidi W. is not afraid to show some skin, wow. Do you know if it’s a one-off or the start of another series?

  12. says

    Cag–Great post.

    Although he’s a bit older now, it is clear to me that S. Hudson Chapman continues to express his views as a frequent commentor on this board.

  13. Erik H says

    So Krates, I hope it’s part of a series but it doesn’t say. I would like to see so more rounds with Egyptian themes.

    I seen a few coins with similar themes but the were painted or had some other gimmick that turned me off of buying them.

  14. NcCoinCollector says

    So will the UHR Image replace walking liberty on next year’s bullion coins? Will they ever deliver the silver version?

  15. Sith says

    @NcCoinCollector – No, and no.

    My thoughts: The design is not popular, and they could not even change risk changing the design a more popular one. If its not broke don’t fix it. Why change the design when you are going to sell over 44 million of them. As far as the silver medal once again its not a popular design then add the mint is severely rationing ASEs if they divert silver blanks to a medal…

  16. Eddie says

    I can afford to buy a $50.00 silver medal compared to a $1500.00 gold medal. I think it would be popular as a silver medal. Could be wrong but……

  17. cagcrisp says

    @NcCoinCollector, My Hope is that the Mint WILL replace the ASE with the high relief Liberty. IF they do NOT, my Hope is that the Mint WILL replace the AGE with the high relief Liberty…

  18. RSF says

    NcCoinCollector says

    “So will the UHR Image replace walking liberty on next year’s bullion coins? Will they ever deliver the silver version?”

    If they do the first, then there won’t be a need for the second. The walking liberty is only on the silver eagle. They probably won’t, but they should replace the reverse with the Walker reverse’s eagle.

  19. Two Cents says

    fmtrasmitter, in an earlier thread in response to another post on returning coins back to the US Mint, you had written:

    fmtransmitter says (October 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm)
    “I only send clad back. I think I stuck a circulated NA dollar and kept the RP. Got my refund, they can keep the bill and OGP…”

    I’m not clear on what you did. Are you saying that you “stuck” a circulated Native American $1 into a returned American $1 Coin & Currency Set, replacing the Reverse Proof (actually Enhanced Unc.) for a regular-issue coin?

  20. says

    The $5 Indian Head is one of my favorite coins. I wish the mint would make these again. I’m still decided about the 2016 gold dime, quarter and half dollar…..but would like more info as to the mintage….but I will probably buy the quarter as my first choice, and then the half dollar….the dime is just too small, but if it had a low mintage I would buy it too. Haven’t heard anything about mintages for these coin…anyone have some insight?
    Dang tablet…sorry for any errors.

    Regarding the Silver Eagle…no way the mint will change it…it is the most popular bullion coin and an American icon. If anything, I could see the mint adding a second silver bullion coin…like the gold buffalo to compliment the gold eagle.

    fm…where did you see this “rumor”?

  21. gary says

    The Bombay Hook is a very beautiful design and I’m looking forward to the launch of the Bombay ATB “P” mint 5 oz. silver to add it to my complete set in OGP.

  22. Pool Shark says

    Just got the e-mail from APMEX that my pre-ordered Bombay Hook Bullion shipped today.
    KInda took me by surprise, as I wasn’t expecting shipment for around another week (even though I ordered on the first day).

    Can’t wait to see what they look like…

  23. So Krates says

    @ Steve says: “I could see the mint adding a second silver bullion coin…”

    They already have, it’s called the ATB 5 oz.

    I wish they would just put the reverse of the HR on the GAE and leave the obverse as is.

  24. Erik H says

    Like So Krates, I would like to see the reverse of the HR Liberty used on the AGE or ASE.

  25. Goat says

    Thanks for the delete report Oct. 5 , my paper work is such a mess (3 years of sales I don’t know what’s going on).
    Question who is the lower mintage on the spouse gold coins (proof and uncirculated) ?

  26. So Krates says

    @ Two Cents – I too would like to know if that actually worked but it seems as if he’s “taking the 5th”

  27. fmtransmitter says

    If what worked? Sticking a circulated NA in the package? YES IT WORKED! I plead guilty! :)~

  28. fmtransmitter says

    I said what I did, I don’t need to repeat, I was clear about it..and pretty pissed too…That paper was all stuck to the side, what a waste of time and money. I still had to pay $4.95 for that crap they shipped.

  29. So Krates says

    I hear ya. If they sent that back out, I’d love to see the lucky customer’s expression when he sets eyes on your coin.

  30. cagcrisp says

    @Goat, Lowest First Spouse’s (LKS):

    First Spouse HP3 2014 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – COOLIDGE 2,315
    First Spouse HP1 2014 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – HARDING 2,372
    First Spouse HP7 2014 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – ROOSEVLT 2,377

    First Spouse HP8 2014 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – ROOSEVLT 1,886
    Some Still Available Unc with Lower than the 2014 Roosevelt

  31. cagcrisp says

    A Block of (14) 2015 PCGS MS70 high relief Liberty’s just Sold for $24,650.00 as a Best Offer…

    That’s an Average of $1,760.71/coin…

  32. VaBeachSteve says

    @ Cagcrisp ……. I’ve been following the UHR on the Bay (graded) and they seem to be doing pretty well. I’ll be real curious to see the sales figures this week. Another up week like last week would be a big positive. Thoughts?

  33. fmtransmitter says

    So Krates says
    OCTOBER 6, 2015 AT 6:52 PM

    I hear ya. If they sent that back out, I’d love to see the lucky customer’s expression when he sets eyes on your coin.

    I would LOVE for them to send it out! But they wont because the the note is all crumpled up from me trying to get it loose from the glue. It was thrown in the trash I hope…lol

  34. says

    tm, thanks your response…. I have a lot of respect for you, but not the HSN guy. I just think the current silver eagle will remain the staple of the mint’s offerings. While the bullion version sells over 40 million per year, the proof version has one of the highest annual sells for buying silver directly from the mint.

    Just food for thought, if you google about the future of silver prices, most will say now is the time to buy..
    $30 per oz could be possible in the next couple of years. If that will happen, who knows….but the fact is the physical demand for silver is greater than the supply.

  35. cagcrisp says

    @VaBeachSteve, The number for 10/04 was 42,270 +272. I would like to see the breakdown between Sales and Returns for the Weeks that the Mint showed Negative Numbers.

    As far as the rest….From a Revenue point of View the high relief Liberty is the Mint’s #1 Seller of 2015 and the #1 Seller for the week ending 10/04. Over $64 million of Revenue YTD.

    Secondary numbers for the high relief Liberty have been very favorable for a coin that is Still Available from the Mint. There have been a Total of 178 high relief Liberty’s Sold in OGP on the bay for an Average price of $1,627.85. That’s just an Amazing Premium to pay for an Available coin to me…

    There have been More that $2 million high relief Liberty’s Sold on the bay…

  36. Sith says

    @fmtransmitter – I hope you are right if they change the ASE design to the Liberty, the gold coins would well be worth their weight in gold 🙂

    @Steve – I agree but other will tell you it could go back under $10 an oz. At this point it does not matter as premiums are through the roof. I had better deals when silver was $16-$18 per oz. One thing is for sure the last time I saw this “game” the price exploded, about 6 months later, and took off to the races, if it happens again $30 will be cheap, but unlike last time I will cull my losers…Bulls make money, bears make money, pigs get slaughtered.

  37. says

    You probably should have given that NA dollar a customized wire brushed treatment before returning it to the the Mint’s Fulfillment Facility. At least, that way, the next customer to receive it will get a one-of-a-kind NA dollar.

  38. MarkInFlorida says

    The Liberty subset of the First Spouse gold coins seem to have dropped in price. Last time I looked the Jackson and Van Buren were $1000-$1100. Now they are around $800. I would think those 4 have more potential for future interest than the actual spouses, since they look like the real gold coins of the time.

  39. Leo S. says

    5 oz. Collectors – Where can I find a complete list of the mintages for the historic 5 oz. parks both bullion and unc. versions?

  40. Jerry Diekmann says

    Next year would be a fitting time to replace the reverse of the ASE with Weinman’s eagle that graced the Walking Liberty series. I never could understand why Mercanti’s staid eagle reverse was ever used in the first place. And while we’re at it, replace the reverse of the AGE with the original design of Augustus St. Gaudens used on the double eagle. It is far superior to the current “family of eagles” design IMO. 2016 could be, and should be, a big year for changes in our coins, just like it was a century ago.

  41. Zaz says

    Going…going…gone. SN3 the Blue Ridge Parkway P is currently 66 coins left. Last report numbers are 17,201. Better hurry if you still want to buy this from the Mint. Looks like the 2015-Ps are going to have similar mintages to the 2013-P pucks.

  42. Zaz says

    Also notice the listing for Bombay Hook SN4 with a 20,000 mintage limit. Sales should be brisk tomorrow.

  43. So Krates says

    @ Jerry Diekmann – I agree both coins would look better with your suggested improvements. It however would not be the best decision. Is there no other design that could possibly be used? It seems ridiculous that we have to go back to the well time and time again and use the (almost) identical designs from a century ago. If only we had a prez. who placed a priority on coin designs. Where’s TR when you need him?

    In addition, the old Walker and new SAE would have identical designs with different sizes and values. While this is true of the ATB small quarters and LARGE quarters, the denomination is the same. Your new gold coins would be even more confusing (they confuse enough people as is.) We’d have two almost identical looking gold coins with two different weights, purities, and AGWs.

  44. Two Cents says

    fmtransmitter says (October 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm)
    “I only send clad back. I think I stuck a circulated NA dollar and kept the RP. Got my refund, they can keep the bill and OGP…”

    fmtransmitter says (October 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm)
    “Sticking a circulated NA in the package? YES IT WORKED! I plead guilty! :)~”

    fmtransmitter says (October 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm)
    “I said what I did, I don’t need to repeat, I was clear about it.”

    Until you admitted it, I found it hard to believe that someone, especially a fellow coin collector, would return a set to the US Mint, replacing a premium coin with a common coin. You said that you had sent back an American $1 Coin & Currency Set, switching the Enchanced Unc. Native American dollar with a circulated one.

    I am appalled that … one, you did it, and two, you are bragging about it. Then you go on to make jokes about the US Mint sending the altered set to an unsuspecting collector:

    (October 6, 2015 at 7:53 pm) “I would LOVE for them to send it out!”

    (October 6, 2015 at 7:54 pm) “We can call it fmtransmitter special error coin and make a shiny label…”

    You find it acceptable and funny. I find it repulsive.

  45. Zaz says

    Going, going, gone… Now only 47 BRP-P pucks. Will they last the day for someone to buy together with the new Bombay Hook tomorrow and save $4.95??

    @2c: DNFTT.

  46. Brad says

    It’s down to 31 now. When I first saw Zaz’s post this morning and went to buy mine, it was at 52 before I placed my order for 5. I had been watching for it to get below 100, since I had a feeling it might end up somewhere in the 17,XXX range. This one might be one of the better sellers on the secondary market.

  47. Brad says

    If memory serves, I think Bombay Hook’s limit of 20,000 is the lowest in the series thus far. Previous limits were either 25,000, 27,000, 30,000 or 35,000 I believe. Most of the coins never reached their limits, but Bombay Hook certainly will. I doubt it will last a month.

  48. JagFan says

    Blue Ridge is now at 27 remaining..

    My theory is that they will keep the Current ASE design and start a new series next year with the Liberty Gold Design in a yearly High Relief format..

    I’m in!

  49. thePhelps says

    I’m not sure I am convinced that the BRP being below100 indicator means it will sell out… it has a mintage limit of 30,000 and we are only in October. It might indicate they currently have fewer than 100 on hand to ship – but that doesn’t imply they don’t have more or won’t make any more… I could be wrong – have been before – but it seems a premature conclusion to think they’ll be sold out.

  50. thePhelps says

    Jag… you and 42,000 other people. In reality if it starts on a yearly rotation – that number will probably drop to fewer than 15,000 people. While the coin might have churned a nice profit for the mint… other than a rush of buyers at the opening – it hasn’t done anything to thrill the mass market. There doesn’t appear to be a pent up demand for the coin either.

  51. Jeff says

    It’s call hype a coin here . Not mint news blog. No one really knows, but if you want to cause euphoria just mention just mention only a few left, hurry get yours before there gone, this is the lowest mintage in twenty years, don’t blame me I warned you guys, LAUGHING OUT LOUD.

  52. Brad says

    I’m betting that Blue Ridge is gone when the last (now 22) are sold. I guess there’s a SLIM possibility that the Mint lacks packaging and COA’s for the remaining 2,XXX coins, but I doubt that. We all knew there would be no more than 20,000 Blue Ridge P coins when there were 45,000 sold of the bullion version. They had announced ahead of time that there was a 65,000 coin limit total for the design.

    Maybe there were a lot of unacceptable quality returns that had to be scrapped?

  53. Leo S. says

    CagCrisp and Sith – Thanks for the information. I was just wondering if the Hook Unc. could give the Hawaii Unc. a run for the money as far a low mintage. Looks like it will be 20,000 so it doesn’t look good.

  54. Brad says


    I doubt the lows of 2012 will ever be beaten. It doesn’t seem today’s market for these coins would allow that to happen.

    What would help Bombay Hook would be if the 20,000 mintage were to sell out fairly quickly. That usually tends to spur better secondary market sales in the short-term. People may get caught off-guard by the quick sellout. They’re thinking, “Gee, it just went on sale and it’s gone already. I thought I had more time to pick one up!”

  55. Zaz says

    @Brad: rather unlikely that the remaining 2,500 (?) BRP coins were minted. From what I understand that Graebener requires constant maintenance for it to mint to capacity. Plus it also makes the 3″ bronze medals and the occasional Congressional gold medal. It’ll be interesting if they’ll go over the 65,000 coin per design limit in 2016. They should be able to since the output in 2011 was massive.

  56. Brad says


    Yeah, I think BRP is done when the current inventory is depleted.

    It appears it’s definitely time for the Secretary to re-visit exactly what constitutes “demand” for the 5 oz. ATB coins. The way the recent issues have had their entire production gobbled up by the AP’s on the first day of availability points to there being additional demand that isn’t being met.

  57. thePhelps says

    I actually like the way the 5 Ounce ATB’s are going…and don’t see an issue that needs revisited. Why would a collector want them to make more of these? The bullion coins are selling fine and the P pucks are also selling nicely – why would anyone want them to flood more into the market? These sell well and hold their value – unlike when the mint thought they could churn them out and killed demand and value.

  58. Brad says


    I like it too, and don’t want more made either. However, the government doesn’t care what WE think. They should be looking at it from a strictly business point of view and how much money they can make. Facts are facts, the coins are being gobbled up so fast now it shows that there is untapped demand they are not taking advantage of. Sure, it wouldn’t be best for us, but it would be best for them. However, maybe they’ll just leave things as they are and throw collectors a bone.

  59. thePhelps says

    Brad… the bullion coins actually don’t make the mint a lot of money – in the long run. The P pucks might make money – but the mint has already found that threshold in the low 20k range. Not sure there is a lot of upside to minting more. The current mintages of both the bullion and the P pucks appears to be about right actually. It isn’t like these are selling out within weeks of being offered and the next puck is following shortly there after. It appears this is about the right blend and not sure there is a lot of money to be made if they raise them. Now if they decided to return the discounted subscription program… I’d like it.

  60. Zaz says

    It says a lot if the entire allocation of 45,000 bullion coins is sold out to the APs on the first day. So there is room to grow, maybe not to the tune of the 2011 numbers, but at least to 90,000 or 100,000 per design. The momentum on these coins can only grow, the only stopper seems to be how much can the press take?

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