Annual 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Sets Released

by Darrin Lee Unser on January 8, 2013 · 4 comments

Today, January 8, 2013, the United States Mint released the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set for $41.95.

2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set and Packaging

This U.S. Mint promotion image about the 2013 ATB Quarters Silver Proof Set also shows their new packaging

Included as part of the set are five San-Francisco struck quarters composed of 90% silver for a total silver weight of 0.904 troy ounces – a melt value of $27.48 at silver’s current spot price of $30.39 an ounce.

These proof sets are the first numismatic product released by the U.S. Mint this year. Two weeks hence comes the clad version containing the same quarters (see their designs), but struck in a standard circulating clad compositions.

The five coins found in 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Sets include:

  • 2013-S White Mountain National Forest Quarter (New Hampshire)
  • 2013-S Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter (Ohio)
  • 2013-S Great Basin National Park Quarter (Nevada)
  • 2013-S Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter (Maryland)
  • 2013-S Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter (South Dakota)

These coins represent the sixteenth through twentieth release under the Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. This program debuted in 2010 and features five new strikes every year. Each showcases a different reverse design emblematic of a selected site of national interest from the fifty states of the country, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

Quarter obverses contain the same John Flanagan portrait of George Washington. This portrait originally debuted on the 1932 circulating quarter-dollar and has appeared, with minor variations, on quarters ever since.

New Silver Proof Set Packaging

This release marks the fourth annual appearance of America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Sets and a third round of different packaging.

"The United States Mint will debut new packaging for this product in 2013. The image on the front of the outer carton is White Mountain National Forest (the first quarter in 2013)," the U.S. Mint describes in a news release about the proof set. "The images on the back of the carton include each national park or site, its name, the state and the year in which the park was established as a national site."

Inside the packaging is a protective lens which houses the five coins.

Order Information

Order 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Sets directly from the U.S. Mint online at its annual product page or by calling the bureau’s toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Past America the Beautiful Quarters News

For information about previous quarters and related products check, this site’s section on quarter news.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathrine McClure January 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

My set included two White Mountain coins and is missing something else. Does this increase or devalue my silver set?

Mercury January 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Cathrine McClure January 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm
That would be hard to say… In this situation I would probably say that you were shot changed and the better choice would be to exchange the set. But then again there are probably collectors out there who would favor having 2 of the White Mountain coin in the set over the one that is missing. One thing we do know for sure is that the set is worth at least $27.48 so why not make $30.00 your starting bid price on Ebay with an explanation, along with some photos of the set and lets see what happens. If anything a precedence will then be set for the next time it happens and you might even get a little excitement out of solving this mystery as well.

bob February 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I pop these quarter cases apart to save on storage and it’s really easy to do and insert a different coin. I’m not accusing Cathrine of anything, just that it would be so easy to do I can’t see much value added.

Mercury February 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

Thanks for the insight Bob. In the past I’ve had an Ebay seller suggest to me after I wanted to return a Silver Proof set that had a severely scratched coin in it, that if I wanted, he could simply replace the defective coin with another. I thought to myself, if it’s that easy, then perhaps other plastic lense mint sets being sold on the secondary market could have had the coins inside them cherry picked and then replaced with another. You just confirmed they could be. That is definitely something to consider when it comes to making purchases of mint sets from outside their original source. It could explain why some merchants are able to acquire a boatload of MS and PR70 slabs and then end up having for sell what appears to be a caseload of mint sets afterwards. That’s certainly some food for thought.

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