Following last week’s article series by CoinNews that reviewed each of the major United States Mint products that include America the Beautiful Quarters, the U.S. Mint has stepped forth and answered a key unknown question for each.
The Mint has announced prices for the 2010 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set; 2010 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set; 2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set; 2010 United States Mint Proof Set; and 2010 United States Mint Silver Proof Set.
A summary of each of the products and their prices follow:
- The 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is the first major numismatic product out of the gate to feature the new quarters. The set includes clad versions of each of the five quarters. Each bears the "S" mint mark denoting production at the US Mint at San Francisco. As proofs, the coins uniquely feature brilliant, mirror-like surfaces and sharp detail. The coins are composed of 91.67 percent copper, 8.33 percent nickel. With a preliminary release date of May scheduled, the US Mint has set the price for this set at $14.95. That is the same pricing as last year’s set, although there was one more quarter in 2009.
- The 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set is exactly like the clad version, with the exception that the five commemoratives are minted in 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. At a standard weight of 6.250 grams per coin, the set includes 0.904 ounces of silver which is an intrinsic value of $15.64 at a silver spot price of $17.30 an ounce. With a tentative May or June release scheduled, the Mint has set their price at $32.95. This is $3 more than last year’s set, which again had one more quarter. However, the price of silver was several dollars cheaper when the Mint began producing the 2009 sets, as compared to today.
- An official release date for the 2010 US Mint Uncirculated Set has not yet been announced, but it has been tentatively marked for July. The product, which most numismatists will generally refer to simply as the 2010 Mint Set, includes an array of 28 coins that are versions of the circulating coins of the year. However, each is struck in uncirculated condition, using burnished blanks that result in a satin like finish. 14 of the coins are minted in Denver and the remaining are struck in Philadelphia. The Mint has set the price at $31.95. This is $4 more than the 2009 set, which had 8 more coins. The 2008 set had the same amount of coins as this year’s (28) and sold for $22.95.
- The US Mint 2010 Proof Set includes clad versions of each of the five 2010 quarters, the four Presidential $1 coins, the 2010 Native American $1 coin, the 2010 Lincoln cent, the Jefferson nickel, the Roosevelt dime, and the Kennedy half-dollar. The 14 coins each bear the San Francisco "S" mint mark, and are struck in proof condition. It is scheduled for release in July or August and will be priced at $31.95. Last year’s set sold for $29.95, but it included 4 more coins than what will be found in the 2010 set. Previous years’ sets had 14 coins like this year’s set and sold for $26.95.
- The US Mint 2010 Silver Proof Set is like the clad set, with the exception that the dime, half-dollar and five quarters are struck in 90% silver. The five 2010 quarters include 0.904 ounces of silver while the 50c and 10c pieces have respective silver weights of 0.36 ounce and 0.07 ounces. Combined, the silver set includes 1.34 ounces of silver which is an intrinsic value of $23.18 at a silver spot price of $17.30 an ounce. The tentative launch month is scheduled for August or September. The Silver Proof Set price will be $56.95, or $4 more than last year’s set.
For additional details relating to this year’s quarter-dollars, check out information on the 2010 quarters.