Tomorrow, January 15, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2013 Birth Set. This is a product targeted as a gift to mark the arrival of a newborn, but it will represent the first appearance of four coins.
Each set includes the following:
- 2013-S Proof Lincoln Cent
- 2013-S Proof Jefferson Nickel
- 2013-S Proof Roosevelt Dime
- 2013-S Proof White Mountain National Forest Quarter
- 2013-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar
All coins are struck in proof quality at the San Francisco Mint and contain the “S” mint mark. Each of the coins are struck in their standard compositions currently used for circulation.
Only the White Mountain National Forest Quarter has been offered in a previously released product – the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set released on January 8. (As some readers noted, the previously released product contained the 90% silver version of the White Mountain Quarter. So this is the first appearance of the clad White Mountain Quarter.) The remaining four coins will make their first appearance within the Birth Set.
The product features the five coins mounted in a folder which includes spaces for a personalized welcome message, the baby’s statistics, a photograph, and a lock of hair. The US Mint touts some improvements to the product prompted by customer feedback. This includes moving the certificate of authenticity to the back of the folder, moving the coin specifications to the sleeve, and adding another teddy bear image to the folder.
The 2013 Birth Set is priced at $19.95 plus applicable shipping and handling. Although this makes for a reasonably priced gift, the full 2013 Proof Set scheduled to be released on March 28, 2013 will contain all of the above coins in addition to the remaining four proof quarters and five proof $1 coins for a projected price of $31.95.
Last year’s Birth Set generated some excitement when it was discovered that some sets inadvertently contained 90% silver half dollars. The 2012 Birth Set, which still remains available for sale at the Mint has sold 39,873 units.
In the 2012 Annual Report, the US Mint mentioned that this product line would be extended, so perhaps we may see other sets issued later in the year for themes such as graduation, birthdays, or weddings.