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