The debut sales figures for the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set were released by the United States Mint this week.
The 2011 Quarters Proof Set was issued by the US Mint on Thursday, March 17, for a price of $14.95. By Sunday, March 20, buyers ordered 53,944 sets, giving the US Mint a boost in sales of a bit more than $806,000.
While the sales debut is not insignificant, it trails the 2010 set’s opening by 21,614, or 26.6%.
Opening sales figures covered a span of four days for both sets. However, this year’s set did have a disadvantage as compared to last year because it was released after the 14-coin annual 2011 Proof Set. This major annual set includes collector proof versions of all coins minted for circulation during a year, including the same quarters found in the standalone quarters set. As such, buyers who purchased the 14-coin 2011 Proof Set earlier this year already had the proof quarters. Last year the 2010 Quarters Proof Set was released several months before the annual 14-coin 2010 Proof Set, which meant coin dealers and collectors who wanted the quarters sooner had to purchase the standalone set instead of waiting.
This year’s America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set includes the 2011 quarters honoring Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Glacier National Park in Montana, Olympic National Park in Washington, Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi and Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.
The coins are minted in special proof quality for coin collectors and bear a "S" mint mark, denoting their production in San Francisco. Standard circulating quarters produced for daily transactions do not have the special proof finish and they are struck in either Denver or Philadelphia.
The 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set can be ordered from the US Mint website (http://www.usmint.gov/) or by calling its toll-free telephone number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).