At noon (Eastern Time) today, the United States Mint released the 2010 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™.
The set is unique for several reasons – most notably for the fact that the coins in the set represent the first five strikes minted under the new America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. The program only debuted this year and features quarter dollar reverse designs emblematic of selected sites of national interest found throughout the United States and its territories.
Another factor making the set uniquely collectible is that each coin in the set is struck from 90% silver and 10% copper. This is different than the clad cupro-nickel composition found in normal circulating quarters as well as those strikes included in the standard proof and uncirculated coins sets.
In fact, with each individual coin weighing in at 6.250 grams a piece, the entire set contains .904 troy ounces of silver making the set’s intrinsic value alone equal to almost half of the cost of the set (based on today’s silver spot).
The coins included in this set are:
- 2010-S Hot Springs National Park Quarter
- 2010-S Yellowstone National Park Quarter
- 2010-S Yosemite National Park Quarter
- 2010-S Grand Canyon National Park Quarter
- 2010-S Mount Hood National Forest Quarter
These strikes represent sites found in the states of Arkansas, Wyoming, California, Arizona and Oregon, respectively.
Each coin of the set is struck at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco and thus denotes the appropriate "S" mint mark.
All feature a proof finish which the US Mint describes as "extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect."
The set comes housed in a lens to safeguard the coins with the protective assembly packaged inside an illustrated cardboard box. Coins in the set are all struck to proof quality which results in an elevated level of detail and a mirror-like background.
Price on the America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set is $32.95. No order limits are currently in place.
Those interested in obtaining one of the sets can do so directly from the US Mint via their website (click for product page) or using the toll-free ordering number of 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). A shipping charge of $4.95 will be added to each complete order.