Today, March 28, the clad 2013 United States Mint Proof Set® debuted at a price of $31.95.
Coins in the set are in proof quality and produced at the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco. As such, they bear the ‘S’ mint mark. Though each is composed from the same base metals as their circulating counterparts, they differ with their mirror-like backgrounds and highly detailed frosted designs.
Included in the annual set are a total of fourteen coins. Of those, ten feature reverse designs unique to this year. These include the five 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters®, the four 2013 Presidential $1 Coins and the 2013 Native American $1 Coin.
A Listing of Coins in the 2013 Proof Set
By denomination and design, the 2013 Proof Set has the following fourteen proof coins:
- 2013-S William McKinley Presidential $1 Coin
- 2013-S Theodore Roosevelt Presidential $1 Coin
- 2013-S William Howard Taft Presidential $1 Coin
- 2013-S Woodrow Wilson Presidential $1 Coin
- 2013-S Native American $1 Coin
- 2013-S Kennedy Half Dollar
- 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)
- 2013-S Roosevelt Dime
- 2013-S Jefferson Nickel
- 2013-S Lincoln Cent
The Presidential dollars within the set represent seventh year issues. The Presidential $1 Coin Program debuted in 2007 and features four strikes each year that honor a former President of the United States.
The five quarters mark fourth year releases under the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The program debuted in 2010 and annually commemorates five different sites of national interest. Designs found on quarter reverses are emblematic of the site honored.
Finally, the 2013 Native America $1 Coin reflects the theme of "The Delaware Treaty (1778)." It appears as the fifth annual release in a series of reverse designs celebrating the important contributions made by Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.
Coins of the proof set are presented in three different protective lenses with one holding the quarters, one containing the Presidential dollars and the other with remaining strikes.
New Proof Set Packaging for 2013
New packaging debuts for this year’s proof set. It features photographic images and information related to the coins found within.
As described by the U.S. Mint:
"The front of the carton displays an image of the Washington Monument at sunrise. The back of the carton displays an image of each national park or site honored in 2013, its name, the state, and the year in which the park was established as a national site; a portrait of each President, the President’s name, and the years served in office; and the partial coin images of the obverses of the remaining coins."
This new packaging is similar to other numismatic products released earlier this year, like the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set and the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set.
Expect strong debut sales for this year’s proof set with around a quarter million sold in the first few days. That has been the trend in the last few years.
Until last year’s set, final sales of the annual sets had always topped one million. The U.S. Mint produced fewer 2012 proof sets and that resulted in its unexpected sellout. The following table lists U.S. Mint published sales figures for sets since 2008.
Sales of 2008 – 2012 Proof Sets
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Customers wanting to buy the 2013 Proof Set may do so directly from the U.S. Mint. It is available in the annual products section of the Mint’s online store, located here, and by calling toll-free at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household order limits.
Upcoming 2013 Annual Sets
Pending releases of other annual sets include the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set™ with an April 25, 2013 release date and the 2013 Silver Proof Set with a scheduled launch date of May 2, 2013.
The America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Set has two examples of each of the five 2013 quarters with one from the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia and the other from the Denver Mint. Each are in uncirculated quality with all ten affixed to the same durable folder. Pricing of the set is $12.95.
The 2013 Silver Proof Set has the same fourteen coins as found in the 2013 Proof Set. The difference is that seven of the coins have a 90% silver composition. These silver coins include the Kennedy half-dollar, the five America the Beautiful Quarters and the Roosevelt dime. Pricing of the set is $67.95.