The first numismatic quarter-dollar product the United States Mint released this year was the 2010 US Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set.
The set launched on May 13, 2010, for a price of $14.95.
The clad proof set contains all five of the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters, which include the:
- 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter
- 2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter
- 2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter
- 2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter
- 2010 Mount Hood National Forest Site Quarter
These coins honor the parks and sites located, respectively, within Arkansas, Wyoming, California, Arizona and Oregon. They are the first five in the new America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program — a series that will honor sites in every state, territory and the District of Columbia until at least 2021.
Past year quarter proof sets have proven popular with collectors. As an example, the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Proof Sets went on sale January 5, 2009, for the same $14.95 price. Fifteen months later (as of April 25, 2010) collectors purchased a total of 608,132 sets. The US Mint sold 672,004 of the 2008-dated versions
Proof coins in general have a high collectability history due to their shine and detail. The Mint describes proofs as:
"A manufacturing process in which specially-treated coin blanks are struck multiple times using specially-polished dies. Proof coins — unlike coins produced for general circulation — are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. A frosted, sculpted foreground gives these coins a special cameo effect."
Each of the coins also bear the "S" mint mark, denoting they were struck at the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco.
The sets may be purchased directly from the Mint’s website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling the Mint directly at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
There are no order limits in place, and mintage levels are based on demand.