America the Beautiful Quarters 2018 Proof Set to go on sale January 23 at noon

The 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (18AP) is to go on sale January 23 at noon on the Mint’s website. There is no mintage, product, or household order limit for the set at present. The set includes all five of the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters. Each coin possesses a Proof finish, reeded edge, and an “S” mint mark indicating its origin at the San Francisco Mint. The 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is currently the ninth in the series.

The five coins share the same obverse of John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington, which has been restored to further accentuate its quality. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and QUARTER DOLLAR.

The reverse designs of the quarters are unique to the places which they commemorate and include:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan
The design displays Chapel Rock and a white pine tree. Inscriptions include PICTURED ROCKS, MICHIGAN, 2018, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin
This quarter depicts sea caves at Devils Island with a lighthouse in the background and a kayaker in the front. Inscriptions are APOSTLE ISLANDSWISCONSIN2018, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota
This coin depicts a great northern diver with a cliff in the background. Inscriptions include VOYAGEURS, MINNESOTA, 2018, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia
This design displays a small white heron perching atop a branch near a salt marsh. Inscriptions are CUMBERLAND ISLANDGEORGIA2018, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island
This quarter depicts a black-crowned night-heron flying over the beach at Cow Cove with the North Lighthouse visible in the background. Inscriptions include BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND2018, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

The five quarters are housed in a protective lens to enhance and maintain their high-quality finishes.

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  1. Jerry Diekmann says

    More rocks and birds., but the coins are nice looking. And they are actually scenes, not like some of the prior issues which have soldiers running with guns in the air, charging with flags, or exchanging swords, which could have been, and should have been scenes, since the theme of these quarters was supposed to be “America the Beautiful”. But this is the U.S. Mint at work here, so that is what we got. Oh, well …

  2. cagcrisp says

    I Previously commented on what I Thought was justification on Raising prices on Specific Silver and clad pricing for 2018. At the time of my comments the 2017 Annual Mint Report was not available. The 2017 Annual Report is still not on the Mint’s website, however, the numbers are Out.

    After looking at the 2017 numbers, I still Believe the Mint is justified in Raising select pricing and especially on the ASE and the 5 oz. P puck.

    Previously I was looking Numismatic Net Margin for SILVER coin products for years up to 2017:

    2016 Numismatic Net Margin for SILVER 29.5%
    2015 Numismatic Net Margin for SILVER 31.0%
    2014 Numismatic Net Margin for SILVER 11.0% Cut Prices on Enrollments
    2013 Numismatic Net Margin for SILVER 31.9%
    2012 Numismatic Net Margin for SILVER 32.7%
    2011 Numismatic Net Margin for SILVER 41.2%

    With the release of the 2017 Annual Mint Report the Numismatic Net Margin for Silver for 2017 is Down to 16.3% and Numbers since FY2018 started are Worse than numbers in FY2017.

    Without the $2 Increase on the ASEs and $5 Increase on the “P” pucks you are Looking at No Net Margin at All…Going Forward on Silver Coin Products…

  3. cagcrisp says

    On January 1st I Posted :

    “Will the Mint be Profitable on the Bullion side going forward IF sales continue at the Current pace without having to raise premiums/cut discounts to the APs?”

    Numbers are Out for FY2017 on the Bullion Side…

    Total Net Income FY2017 Bullion Side $10.9 Million
    Total Net Income FY2016 Bullion Side $55.3 Million
    Total Net Income FY2015 Bullion Side $61.0 Million

    In FY2017 the Mint Lost on EVERY Bullion catagory that was NOT GOLD…

    FY2017 Gold Profitable by $14.5 Million
    FY2017 Silver Loss of $400.0 Thousand (+$500.0 Thousand ASE; -$900.0 Thousand ATB pucks)
    FY2017 Platinum Loss of $1.9 Million
    FY2017 Palladium Loss of $1.3 Million

    Total Profitability for FY2017 on the Bullion side = $10.9 Million

  4. datadave says

    @cagcrisp – Looks like they will have to raise the price of the bullion ASE soon and that will hurt. In my opinion a govt. entity does not make competitive business decisions. And they are competing against the other world (and private) mints for business. Raising the price of the P pucks will lower sales this year.

    Did they release the numbers on the Numismatic side also? I bet those were terrible with the loss of the Presidential dollar program this year.

  5. datadave says

    @cagcrisp – So they lost $6 per bullion puck and made $0.03 per bullion ASE. Look for a price change.

  6. cagcrisp says

    @datadave, “Did they release the numbers on the Numismatic side also? I bet those were terrible with the loss of the Presidential dollar program this year.”

    All numbers are Out…

  7. cagcrisp says

    @datadave, “So they lost $6 per bullion puck and made $0.03 per bullion ASE. Look for a price change.”

    My numbers show about $5 loss on a bullion puck and a profit of $.02 per ASE.

    I don’t see where Bullion puck sales could get much worse but I Do see that Bullion ASEs sales Will get worse…

  8. Throckmorton says

    so these losses……do you think the volume is not enough to cover the overhead or maybe there is just too much overhead…………or maybe something underhanded in the overhead like the mint having a allocation charge from the Treasury for “travel expenses”?

  9. The RCB says

    Did they change the program from “America the Beautiful” to “American Rocks and Birds (and sometimes water or people)”?

  10. cagcrisp says

    @Throckmorton, “so these losses……do you think the volume is not enough to cover the overhead or maybe there is just too much overhead……”

    Volume is Not enough to cover overhead…

  11. cagcrisp says

    16AN 2016 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – FT MLTR 17,883 + 5
    17AJ 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – EFF MNDS 16,511 + 13
    17AK 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – DOUGLASS 16,765 + 23
    17AL 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – OZARK 16,638 +22
    17AM 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – ELLIS ISLAND 17,682 +41
    17AN 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – G R CLARK 14,787 + 293

  12. cagcrisp says

    16XA 2016 WALKING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .5OZ 65,512 (6)
    16XC 2016 STANDING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .25OZ 91,752 (7)

  13. cagcrisp says

    16EA 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 583,520 + 236
    16EB 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 24,020 +20
    16EC 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 5,897 +5
    16EG 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 217,759 +1,105

    17EA 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 372,173 +1,231

    17EB 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 8,340 + 50
    17EC 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 2,290 +16
    17ED 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/4 OZ 4,021 + 39

    17EG 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 140,220 +172

    17EL 2017 AM BUFFALO GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 15,176 (8)

    18EA 2018 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ (W) 226,506 + 15,435
    18EA042 2018 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ – BULK (W) 166 + 12

  14. cagcrisp says

    17XA 2017 AM LIBERTY 24K GOLD 1 OZ 27,365 + 87
    17XB 2017 AM LIBERTY SILVER MEDAL (P) 54,941 + 70
    17XC 2017 225TH ANN ENHANCED UNC SET 210,402 + 4
    17XD 2017 AM LIBERTY SILVER 4-MEDAL SET 29,479 + 134

  15. cagcrisp says

    17CA 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD PROOF 1,838 (6)
    17CB 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD UNC 2,947 –
    17CC 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER PROOF 26,112 (7)
    17CD 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER UNC 12,256 (57)
    17CE 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD PROOF 17,681 –
    17CF 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD UNC 15,549 (12)
    17CG 2017 BOYS TOWN 3-COIN SET 5,532 –
    17CH 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER PROOF 68,525 (1)
    17CJ 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER UNC 17,250 –

  16. cagcrisp says

    JQ1 2015 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 2,747 (1)
    JQ2 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 1,946 –
    JQ4 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – EISENHWR 2,102 –
    JQ8 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – JOHNSON 1,930 –

    16SA 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – NIXON 2,646 (3)
    16SB 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – NIXON 1,845 (165)
    16SC 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – FORD 2,484 (4)
    16SD 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – FORD 1,836 (166)
    16SE 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 3,548 (1)
    16SF 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 2,010 –

  17. cagcrisp says

    The 3 New Items…

    18RD 2018 BIRTH SET 2,426 +2,426
    18RE 2018 HAPPY BIRTHDAY SET 2,423 +2,423
    18RF 2018 CONGRATULATIONS SET 9,015 +9,015

  18. says

    I really like the Pictured Rocks 5 oz puck…..I don’t see paying $155 for the numismatic version when I can buy the bullion version for $106.

  19. says

    Cag…I enjoy your post and the time you put into them.
    I noticed the 2017 half oz gold proof is currently at 2290.
    While I don’t really chase new lows, is this possibly a new low for this coin?

    Thanks again for all time and insight.

  20. earthling says

    Has Bitecoin bit the dust? Just read an little snippet about IBM. I see Bitecoin is down …. way down… is this the end?

    Such a big surprise if this is the end. 😈

  21. cagcrisp says

    @Steve

    1. Thanks
    2. You have to Add in the 4 coin set which makes the Current Total of 12,102
    3. The leader in the Clubhouse is 2013 with 12,708
    4. The 2017 1/2 oz. is still on Sale…

    …And…Since the 2016 1/2 oz. is Still on Sale (96 weeks) …There is no telling how long the 2017 will be Available before pulling (Currently on sale for 46 weeks)…

    Both the 2017 1 oz. Gold Proof and the 2017 1/2 oz. Gold Proof would be Low Mintage Wonders IF the Mint so chooses…

  22. cagcrisp says

    @earthling, “Has Bitecoin bit the dust? ”

    China, China, China

    China announced that it “Could be banned in China”…

    Since most Bitcoin is Mined in China, IF Bitcoin is banned that gets the Miners in the shorts…

  23. cagcrisp says

    cagcrisp says

    December 26, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    “Some Dealer action here…Be wary of the 7 day return window. The +237 on Nixon and Ford will see Returns…”

    16SB 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – NIXON 1,975 +237
    16SD 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – FORD 1,975 + 237

    From Today:

    16SB 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – NIXON 1,845 (165)
    16SD 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – FORD 1,836 (166)

    Just Amazing how that Worked Out…

  24. Richard A says

    “Just Amazing how that Worked Out…”

    Not all that amazing, sir. Most of the hobby boards have been predicting a massive return of Nixon and Fords for the last two weeks.

    Bottom line: goodbye Eleanor and hello to the two new keys in the FS series.

    Plus… in all likelihood, one individual holds over 100 of each, making Nixon and Ford even scarcer than their numbers imply.

  25. Daveinswfl says

    Yea, I can just see the crowd scrambling for Nixon & Ford ( crook & unelected.)
    I think I’ll just hang on to my Eleanor 70s 😉

  26. RSF says

    The House just passed the “American Innovation $1 Coin Act”, and it’s on to the Senate. It should keep the dollar coin collector base, young collectors, and history buffs going for the next 14 years. (56 designs at 4 per year)

    The obverse calls for a new design “symbolic of Liberty”.

    The reverse will be:
    “An image or images emblematic of one of the following from 1 of the 50 States, District of Columbia, or the territories of the United States:
    “(I) A significant innovation.
    “(II) An innovator or pioneer.
    “(III) A group of innovators or pioneers.”

    The year and mint mark will be incused into the edge. Hope they change that requirement.
    The Product list is about to get huge again.

  27. Louis says

    Thanks!

    Well, I am looking at the annual report and the feasibility study was right in that the palladium, as CC pointed out, lost over a $1 million. You can be sure the Proof mintage will be a lot higher.

  28. Louis says

    Provident Metals has the 1 oz for $10 over their bullion eagles. APMEX had them too for a similar price, but I have not checked if any are left.

  29. Buzz Killington says

    I think in ten more years or so, almost all proofreading will be a thing of the past. I see mistakes on major news sites all of the time. It is a function of more content being produced, and put out faster, which I view as a good thing overall.

    Given your academic background, I thought you wouldn’t mind the blue pencil.

    I make mistakes all the time!

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