Today, January 7, 2014, the United States Mint started taking orders for the 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™.
This set marks the fifth annual release in the series which dates back to 2010. Pricing is listed as $14.95, plus the standard US Mint shipping charge of $4.95 per order.
Included in the collection are proof quality examples of all five 2014-dated America the Beautiful Quarters with each struck at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco. The five 2014 quarters feature reverse designs emblematic of the following national sites:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee
- Shenandoah National Park of Virginia
- Arches National Park of Utah
- Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado
- Everglades National Park of Florida
These five sites represent the twenty-first through twenty-fifth to be honored in the series.
Specifications and Compositions of Set
Each coin is struck to proof quality at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco. As such, they bear an ‘S’ mintmark to represent that location.
It is the proof quality finish that is of inherent interest to collectors as it features enhanced detail and mirror-like backgrounds. The composition of the included coins is the same as standard circulating quarter dollars — 91.67% copper and 8.33% nickel.
A similar set struck from silver will be released by the US Mint later this month. Specifically, the 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™ will debut on January 21st and features the same five quarter dollars only each is struck from 90% silver.
Popularity of Set
The America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets have proven popular with collectors. It offers an affordable option for those looking to add numismatic quality America the Beautiful Quarters annually to their collection.
2010-2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Sales
|2010||May 13, 2010||276,335|
|2011||March 17, 2011||152,243|
|2012||January 17, 2012||148,948|
|2013||January 24, 2013||121,180|
*Sales as of date of 1/5/14
Some may prefer to purchase their proof quality quarter dollars as part of the larger 2014 Proof Set. This set includes numismatic quality examples of all of the circulating coinage of the nation for the year and is scheduled to be issued on March 25, 2014. Anticipated pricing is $34.95.
Those interested in obtaining one of the newly released 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets may do so directly from the United States Mint. Orders are accepted via the Mint’s website of http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Each coin of the set is packaged together in one protective lens. The lens is presented inside an illustrated box which depicts the five honored sites of 2013.
Demand will determine the final mintage of the set.