United States Mint to release 10-coin set of circulating quarters on November 21

The U.S. Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set (product code 17AC) starting on November 21 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

This year’s set includes 10 circulating quarters — five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint — with reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, DC), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri), Ellis Island (New Jersey), and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (Indiana).

The coins are held in a durable plastic card that features a picturesque image and a brief description of each site and coin. The packaging allows the coins to be easily removed and placed in albums or other collecting media. A Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the card.

The 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set is priced at $5.95. The Mint will accept orders via its online catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information about shipping options is available here.

About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including Proof, Uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins.  Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers. The Mint is celebrating its 225th anniversary in 2017 (#USMint225).

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  1. Qui Transtulit Sustinet says

    Off Topic

    Recently purchased another example of the two medal (fine silver and bronze), nearly forty year-old, Lucite holdered American Numismatic Association Convention Set (350 struck) depicting Leonard da Vinci and the first coin press design. For about $450,299,975.01 less than one of the Master’s paintings sold for the other day.

    According to renowned medallic author Dick Johnson (87), of Torrington, Connecticut (a good place to get a great pizza)—

    “The first diestruck coins were made by hammer and anvil – no press. Similar hammered techniques continued for more than a thousand years. Leonardo da Vinci drew a press for striking coins, medals and seals in his notebooks in 1500. Da Vinci recognized you need a blank to strike so he put two presses back-to-back – one to blank, one to strike the design (with the same blow!). But da Vinci’s press was never built (until 20th century – IBM had one built from da Vinci’s drawings, it is now in the Smithsonian Institution).”

  2. Qui Transtulit Sustinet says

    Still OT

    Oops, dropped the second ‘o’ in Leonardo…probably the most talented man in the past thousand years or more.

    He is medal (and coin) worthy.

  3. Jerry Diekmann says

    Too bad Leonardo isn’t here – I’m sure he could give he Mint some good pointers on designing medals and coins.

  4. datadave says

    OT – Can anyone explain why a roll of 2009 D nickels costs $16 and a roll of 2009 P nickels cost $40?

  5. Jerry Diekmann says

    Datadave Due to the Great Recession, the number of nickels and dimes minted were very low, compared to normal years, and the numbers were closer to the mintages of these coins in the 1940s and 1950s. I think many of them were hoarded and the prices are higher than normal as a result. They aren’t rare or even scarce, just expensive. You can probably get the proofs for this year at a much lower price than the uncirculated coins, just like you can for 1982 and 1983.

  6. Anthony says

    Hey Qui… Back in the day (the 70’s & 80’s) the best pizza in Connecticut was S&M Pizza of Westport, CT. Their motto was “Our Pizza CAN’T BE BEAT!” 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Qui Transtulit Sustinet says

    @ Anthony

    I ate in Westport one time during that period, but not at S&M—wish I had known about it…

    I know New Haven natives and many others away from the Gold Coast would disagree with you—I had many great pies at both Sally’s and Pepe’s (favorites of the Yale crowd).

    The Torrington (Litchfield County) place I had in mind was the Berkshire (named after the Hills)—don’t know if it is still open or under that name, but in the era you mentioned it was run by the Father of a High School classmate of mine in a nearby town. Had one of the old ornate tin ceilings. It gets my vote for Best Pizza.

  8. Daveinswfl says

    If it is not yet obvious to the casual observer, the coin hobby is dying a rapid death.
    Dr. U.S. Mint has no prescription to even alleviate the pain.
    RIP coin collectors.
    Cause of death – TPGs, PC Commems, aging collector base, and bankers drive toward cashless society where every transaction costs YOU the consumer, your every move is monitored, you can be tracked at all times, and interest rates are forever negative. Oh, and your access to your digital money can be shut down at a whim.

    If you think the crypto robot currency will save you, good luck.

    As has been mentioned here many times, bullion near spot is the only way to go.

    Hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Have your kids read George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation for a true perspective on the basis of the true meaning of Thanksgiving .

  9. John Q. Coinage says

    Daveinswfl is right, the MINT has killed us, the golden geese, fleeced to the point where, to use entertainment quotes about it–> as Howard Beal said: “I am mad as hell & I’m not going to take it anymore” and Lt. gerard “I just don’t care” the mint stuff now I just don’t care, I’ve ben shut out, ripped off, sold out, not sold out, limited not limited, etc. far enough & many time. I have hundreds of state quarter rolls, I have to go to Vega$ with tmem no market, no premium, dead money… 2009 circulating coins may have a high book value, but who cares? Who collects these rolls, anyone under 50, 60… I hate to say it but time to liquidate, I am where my Uncle was YEARS ago when I sold off his coins he said @ my age no more accumulation time to get rid of shit. I fear collector coin prices will tumble but for the 2% type coins [1804 $1, $tella, ’93-S $1, etc., which will always be expensive, and the 25c cons will sell, everything between a buck & $50k…Good luck player(s)….sorry to be DOnny DOwner….

  10. Dustyroads says

    Come on you guys quit being so crabby. There is nothing wrong with coin collecting. What you see is just a healthy flushing of weak hands. You should know by now that this is when the best deals will be had. As a coin collector, will you be out of sync with the rest of society? maybe, but who cares.

  11. Qui Transtulit Sustinet says

    @ Dustyroads

    I agree with you, especially your “out of sync” observation.

    All markets are cyclical. Coins are no exception. Cycles can take longer than you expect to play out.

    If you are a contrarian investor, now can be a good time to “buy what you like” and/or what you feel is under appreciated/undervalued. As always. a key is to not overpay and to be willing to walk away if the price is not right.

    Just because the U.S. Mint currently has a seriously flawed business model that slams the true collectors who should be its base and the numismatic hobby is CURRENTLY in decline, does not mean that it is destined to die and disappear forever.

    IMO, World-Wide consumers with the means to do so will always accumulate silver and gold— a good portion of that will be in the form of coins (and in the case of silver, attractive high quality medals)— bullion near spot is admittedly the lowest cost way to invest in this physical “hold your own” manner.

    The vast majority of my assets are invested in stock markets (overwhelmingly U.S.) and real estate, but I feel good about having a relatively small (as a percentage of total assets) precious metals hedge.

    The bonus of course is that, as a collector, I appreciate the coins and medals I buy and enjoy spending time and energy on the selection process.

    Anyone looking for a quick way to get rich should know to look elsewhere.

  12. Qui Transtulit Sustinet says


    It makes sense to keep in mind that “near spot price” is a much better way to view “bullion” than merely including (mainly new issue) products marketed as “bullion”. There is a a lot of supply available in addition to the mega millions of ASE’s.

    Aside—I always see a lot of complaining about Queen Elizabeth on coins. At least her profile has evolved since 1953, and has also been interpreted differently by different designers—unlike the static reverse of the ASE.

  13. says

    Thanksgiving, 3 years ago, I won an auction for a sealed box for 4 UNC $5 BHOFs at $500 each,

    I was pumped, it was a GREAT price and I won because of the $2,000 total cumm price tag and that it ended during Thanksgiving dinner time.

    It was a NO BRAINER, I was going to make good money on those 4, either buy and hold (perhaps leave sealed), or flip for a tidy profit, individually.

    Then not long afterwards, we had what we have today..,

    I’d take a 10% loss if I sold today.

    19% loss factoring ebay fees and IF I could find 4 buyers at $450 each.

    I don’t think my $2,000 issue is a heathy flushing of weak hands.., good grief

    It’s a simple realization that I have $400+ of value that doesn’t exist anymore, and may only recoup my 20% numismatic loss thru a 30-40% increase gain in spot Au.

    As I’ve stated a few times before,
    Unless you’re buying for your PM ‘art collection’ – stick with low prem BU,

    Love and cherish your modern coin collection, though buy it knowing your buying for the ‘art’

  14. Dustyroads says

    I didn’t have to use the word “sync”, I could have easily used phasic. It’s sort of like looking at blinking lights. The lights sometimes will be “phasic”, then after a while they will eventually become non-phasic, or no longer blinking in phase.

    Don’t worry about coin collecting. Today’s silly trinkets will be tomorrow’s masterpieces…..well maybe not tomorrow, but for sure in about 20 years!

  15. KCSO says

    Qui – I like your thoughts.., though missing one key element –

    Moderns –

    Demand must exceed supply..,

    AND Demand must exceed supply consistently.., otherwise your market is Spot,

    And that’s Spot On! 😉

  16. earthling says

    I love Coins. Always will. If Pan – Pac $50 Gold Slugs ever fall from their lofty orbit I will not feel sorry at all for anyone that loses their a** , though. I will search high and low to try to get one for a case or two of Beans. Likewise for any other cool Coins that crash from orbit.

  17. Dustyroads says

    KCSO, Why oh why on earth did you hodl something that was evidently produced to the point of permanent saturation?!

  18. KCSO says

    The divergence in the metals market will continue to evolve (read, diverge) and grow,

    The equation looks something this –

    AuAg < PtPd < CuLi < NiCo

    The only reason I posted this was to help some set their expectations about the growth of the metals market 3-5 years out.

    Not a sermon.., I'm no expert.., just a thought, & please do your own research.

  19. John Q. Coinage says

    I am a contrarian, & still buy rare stuff or good deals, but as with stamp collecting DEMAND & SUPPLY are intertwined,the established collectors are fine, but who is ‘on deck? very few batters from what I see, US Stamps liquidated value bears zero relation to Scott- I am not being a grouch, realistic. The younger investors/collectors I know seek deals on BULLION not rare or ‘better’ dates, there are some collectors coming up but not the #s of the baby boomers who could pull silver from change, etc., circulating coins 99% dreck…. Even as to bsilver bullion watch YouTUbe & a interviewer trying to sell a 10 oz. AG bar…for like $10, no takers…NONE..even with a coin store in the background, oh after they hear it’s worth about $200 do they want it, for $10!!! “Rare” coins, knowledge is king, time will tell if collecting is in a death spiral or cycle @ low phase. I hope the latter but I really unfortunately feel the times they are a changing….

  20. cagcrisp says

    It’s been a good discussion. 5 years ago, it wouldn’t have been a discussion. 5 years ago it would have been 90/10 in favor of Modern coins. Today, considering All the posters that have given up, moved on and no longer view or post to the blog, it’s Not very favorable…

  21. Dustyroads says

    We are living smack dad in the middle of a generation that is demanding that everything be real and authentic. Quite the difference of what was happening 30 years ago when big hair and gobs of make-up was in style for ladies fashions. Today the world has come into it’s own with a one-world movement on line. Our computers and cell phone have become far more of a force than some of us are recognizing. The world has ceased to be one that is only what you can read about in the paper or hear about in the news, it’s at your fingertips and this generation has found a way to subdue it and utilize it. But hey, nothing to really be concerned about when it comes to coins. Just wait until the next financial storm hits and you will be glad you have your Au and Ag allotments.

  22. John Q. Coinage says

    Dusty, you’re right on AU/AG when the $ hits the crapper, which will come one day, or should come, the M1 supply, & # of dollars they print is mind boggling & the GOP, as with the Dems now appears to be in the deficit & NAt’l Debt don’t matter, as long as Corps can get a big I MEAN BIG TAX CUT, heck they pay an admitted actual rate like 18% with the 35% tax, @ 20% what will they pay, 6% really…..sitting on what $6 trillion ca$h alot off shore, no guarantee of one job, just more $$ even the Reps pushing it are for the use of the tax cut to buyback stock, didivdens or CEO salary (the guy from Texas, what a…..) anyway so we the individuals are paying for the business cuts….trickle down you know, Muchkin believes in it….the paper dollar will fold (yuk-yuk) one day & hopefully AG & AU fly, I tell them @ work, silver hits $100 an oz. I’m gone, but now @ $50 I will be happy…..good luck to all, modern stuff is semi[precious, I have picked up alot of the ‘rare” BU $5 commems etc., and somehave a great graysheet price, but hare to get THAT kind of $# lest you find the right buyers…..we’ll see hopefully……

  23. Buzz Killington says

    It is interesting to wonder whether these hundreds of thousands of unloved Modern American Commems will hit the melting pot to make new items with the 999 standard. Even if that were to happen — and I do think it is possible — the Constitution dollar and many others will still trade around melt for the most part.

    If you search ebay, you see such a wide variety of silver coins and medals available, from governments and private mints, it is fantastical to think you can stay on top of the market, and know what items will be desirable within a given window of future time.

    I am not sure if 2018 will be the year I quit collecting Moderns, but even if it isn’t, I’m going into it with my eyes wide open, knowing I am paying a high premium for bullion, just for my own enjoyment, or scratching some kind of collecting itch. There are worse things to spend disposable income on, that’s for sure. (An example, from my perspective, is “concert tickets” or “sporting event tickets”)

  24. cagcrisp says

    Every year all the Major financial institutions come out with their “Predictions “.

    Here is what Citi said about Gold:

    When they issued their Predictions Gold was ~$1,290.00

    End of 2018 prediction of $1,270.00
    2019 prediction of $1,350.00
    2020 prediction of $1,370.00

    A prediction of $1,370.00 in 2020 from $1,290.00 would be an IRR of 2.01%…

  25. Buzz Killington says

    What is the history of Citi’s accuracy of its predictions? None of these experts are consistently good at predicting the future, and it is no surprise.

    It is hard for me to improve on Vanguard’s Bogle’s investment advice: Buy American business, and hold it forever.

    But what fun is being rich if you can’t buy a few fancy baubles every now & then?

  26. Jerry Diekmann says

    I’m with most of you that feel like coin collecting is a dying hobby, for the reasons they have already noted, and primarily poor and PC designs on commem coins, plus ungodly premiums charged by the Mint, and then the TPGs and the “70” craze and …. Never mind – most of you know it – there is less and less demand every year – the younger generation wants experiences, not things, like coins, that sit for years in boxes and gradually regress in value to whatever the bullion price has become.

  27. Jerry Diekmann says

    Buzz – Just like you, 2018 may be my last year for collecting modern coins. The 2018 commems don’t excite me at all (I thought they would until I saw the “designs”. Even the 2019 Moon Landing doesn’t do anything for me – a better design was shown on the reverse of the Ike dollars during the 1970s. BTW, the Ike and SBA dollars should all be melted and used for future mintages of quarters and dimes. The argument against the Mint losing seignorage becomes moot because the melted coins recover the lost seignorage.

  28. Joe M. says

    What did people think of paying more than one cent for a 1909 S VDB in 1927…1937…1947…1957??
    Too bad they all can’t be winners, but long-term is a good way to sit on some of these losses. Passing on a beautiful coin to your children might be better than sticking your dollars in the bank and allowing inflation to grab the worth of sitting in there for 10 years at near 0 % interest and over 3% inflation. Just think of all those who held $1 silver certificate notes instead of taking the silver before 1971…or even sticking $1 in the bank. SILVER was very good for the past 46 years per $1….-> cagcrisp will correct any of my mistakes 😉
    Now to dream of GREAT possible investments that would’ve been great for someone’s grandchildren…imagine your grandparents sticking away a roll of uncirculated 1914-d cents(maybe great grandparents), 1921 walkers, 1921 peace dollars, 1928 Philly peace dollars, 1931s cents, 1938d Walkers…and so on. I bet they would’ve never thought they’d be as valuable as they are today. We might not benefit in the short-term, but who knows what winners will surprise people in just 10 years?

  29. earthling says

    I remember years ago Q David Bowers did an article about stashing away common items from McDonald’s. Common stuff like Cups, Wrappers, Serving Boxes , etc. I don’t think he meant it in a literal way but I believe his point was to preserve everyday common things that are discarded like so much trash. People see such stuff in the future and experience a wave of nostalgia .

    Offer the items at some insanely high price , and sometimes a sucker and his easy money can be parted.


    It’s about some concept called ” selling somebody their past”.

  30. John Q. Coinage says

    Joe M, one big factor coin collecting was popular & grew in the ’50’s & ’60’s even 7o’s a bit, since then…..it is ZZZZZZZzzzz to most of the public. 2009 circulating coins are alot in the rolls, but who needs 1 for his/er Whitman folder? On ebay the 2017 plat proof are like $1,400 now…….

  31. Jerry Diekmann says

    Joe M – until the 1930s, most people didn’t even think about collecting coins, and then it started with cents. Nobody, except maybe a few dealers at the time, ever thought about buying and setting aside rolls before the Great Depression. Many coins, especially from the branch mints during the 1920s especially, were produced in small numbers and with over-worn dies or were struck with too much space between the hammer and anvil dies, causing, in both cases, poorly struck coins. Buffalo nickels and Standing Liberty quarters are notorious for coins missing a lot of detail, and ofte4n Liberty’s head was just a blob on a newly struck coin. For these reasons well struck coins command high prices today – there just weren’t that many of them minted in the first place, and secondly, people didn’t save them. Finally, people don’t seem to remember the worth of coins back then. Lots of farm laborers in the Midwest, like my dad, earned $1.00 a day. When he came out to LA in 1936 he was able to find a job in a furniture factory – for the princely wage of a quarter an hour. Most people back then couldn’t afford to put away new coins – they had to eat and pay the rent.

    Hope that helps your understanding. Newer commemorative co\ins will never be worth much more than bullion – too many were sold and there just isn’t the demand for them. Poor designs for many of them could also be a reason why the coin hobby is headed downward. I have often heard the phrases that “coin collecting is for old white men”. Based on my experience, I would say that is true. The hobby, for whatever reason, just isn’t attracting younger people .any more. I personally think the Mint and the TPGs have ruined the hobby, literally have “killed the golden goose”. It’s a shame, but that is what it seems to be happening now.

  32. Daveinswfl says

    Wonder how many loaded up on baseball cards, stamps, beanie babies, etc at the low point of the cycle. The low point just went lower! And those items did not have a group of people trying to eliminate them from existence.

    The best move the mint could make is to TOTALLY eliminate allowing returns! You wanna buy 500 gold coins? You get what you get. No cherrypicking the 70s and returning the rest. That would allow the mint to lower the premiums on everything .
    Next, coins can only be sold in the year minted.
    Lastly, only disclose sales after the year closes.
    And maybe commemoratives should only be sold on a mint to demand basis with a limited order window .

    They need to mix it up a bit and quit catering to big boyz.

    End of rant

  33. Joe M. says

    Hammer and anvil dies in the 20th century??
    There were a lot of coin collectors in the 1930’s, just not the general public…wealthy people of the time (worldwide). I agree a lot of people didn’t think about coins like art and collectibles. I also believe the late 1950’s was when coin collecting started becoming “attractive” to a larger portion of collectors in the US. I remember my father taking me to a coin store in ’74. He was collecting coins since 1948 🙂
    I also have great concern about the future of the hobby. I watched my $5 gold commems drop faster than gravity over the past two years 🙁
    I’ve been selling more than buying these past 6 months. I think the only thing that will save my retirement is if silver skyrockets again. I just hope it happens after I dump most of my collection and have already bought silver. With my luck, I’ll dump it, buy silver, then silver will drop…yea, I can be unlucky sometimes…a lot of times…hehehehe 🙂

  34. A Different Jeff says

    So, anyone out there remember when CDs were going to wipe out vinyl in less than 5 years? But vinyl has made a bit of a resurgence, and CDs have given way to streaming, but what happens when your internet connection goes away? Everything (except maybe buggy whips) has cycles. And as has been pionted out, if you don’t save it today, it won’t be there tomorrow.

    On the subject of corporate taxes, consider this: NO business actually ‘pays’ taxes. Oh, sure, they write a check to the taxing agency, but where does that money come from? Taxes are just another expense, and if taxes go up, there are just two ways to to meet that expense: reduce other expenses (notably employees) or increase revenue (notably prices). Only we end-users, who have no way to pass on those costs, actually pay the tax. So when tax RATES go down, that leaves more money in the control of those end-users. And they have two things they can do with it: save it or spend it. Saving it implies investing, which drives the economy. And spending it also drives the economy. Both seem like pretty good outcomes to me. And when the economy is running well, the total amount of the actual taxes we do pay increase, and everyone wins. But that seems to be too difficult of a concept to explain, so instead we try to offer other means to deliver the ‘bad’ news of tax RATE decreases.

    But i digress. This is supposed to be about collecting coins, and I do that. However, I don’t collect bullion (with the isolated case of a few select ASEs, which are NOT coins, but that is a conversation for another time.). As a kid, I always liked the commemorative coins, but they were waaaay too pricey, so instead I was happy with just culling through rolls of pennies and nickels, where I would occasionally find a carefully seeded Indian Head or Buffalo (as I confirmed, much later in life, from my dad, who kept a meticulous record of those coins I did find in those random rolls). So, when the Washington half came out in 1982, I jumped on that bandwagon, and have been collecting commemoratives ever since. I listen to all who denigrate these issues, and remain amazed that they ignore that basic tenet: if you don’t save it now, it won’t be there in the future. Some day these will become popular, and people will wonder how they could only sell 2500 or so business strike Boy’s Town half eagles! Maybe I should buy another one, ya think?

  35. KCSO says

    Thanks for commenting on your all’s introspective as well as historical perspectives, I enjoy reading them and it definitely adds a lot to my understanding of why things are the way they are, or will be going forward.

    It takes time and energy to write well thought out and concerted perspectives, so it’s appreciated.

    On a lesser note –

    Yes, Absolutely.., TPG’s and personal agendas on the CFA/CCAC in the coin design selection process has done more ruin the hobby. That is my core belief, I could write a dissertation about it.., though it’s not worth my time, it’s simply – it is what it is.

    “Lastly, only disclose sales after the year closes” – AMEN BROTHER! Yes, that would change the dynamic considerably!

  36. KCSO says


    it’s an FUGLY design, of a subject that only a minute % of the population can relate to or appreciate, and you’ll loose your premium value.

    I’m still AMAZED that the NPS Commen was a poor seller in 2016 (with the whole TR thing) and AMAZED that folks didn’t learn the appropriate lessons from the 2016 Commemoratives. Going forward – Treat it all like art.

  37. KCSO says

    Though yes, Jeff – I agree with your thesis and appreciate the value in it. Hence why I have collected Comm’s though have only bought the Silvers this year with NO INTENT on buying anymore until I see how that overdone design for the BCA transposes on the $1 SIlver.

    I have a bad feeling that the CCAC/CFA will screw up the Lunar Landing Comm design, and then pass it off to our showboating Treasurer will let his train wreck wife select the design, we’ll end up with something with her purse on it and associated net worth, …and that will ultimate take any remaining wind out of my sails for this stuff.

  38. KCSO says

    Speaking of Lunar Landings and Train Wrecks –

    Okay.., so there’s two blondes sitting on a park bench in Oklahoma..,

    One blonde turns to the other and says.., “Which do you think is farther, Florida.., or the moon?

    The other blonde pauses for a moment.., tilts her head, and blurts out, “HEELLLOOOOO.., can you SEE Florida???????”

    You have a great Thanksgiving, be safe, & God Bless!

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