The United States Mint is preparing to launch the only two sets of the year that feature quarters and no other coins.
The sets include the:
- 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, and
- 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set
With their releases only weeks away, the US Mint has published their product pages online.
The annual clad set is scheduled to launch on May 13, 2010, and the silver set will follow almost two weeks later on May 20, 2010. Both will be available at 12:00 noon Eastern Time on their respective issue days.
Each of the sets include the first five quarter-dollars in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program, which will honor National Parks and National Sites in every state, territory and the District of Columbia until at least 2021.
The reverse of the five 2010 quarters honor: Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; Yosemite National Park in California; Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona; Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
As mentioned, the coins in the set are in proof condition, which the Mint describes as:
United States Mint proof coins are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and cleaned to ensure high quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief.
The silver proof set is different than the clad in that the coins within are struck in 90% silver and 10% copper. Combined, the set includes nearly one once of silver (0.904 troy ounces).
For additional information on each, check out the links above or visit the new Mint pages at: