2013 US Mint Silver Proof Set Debuts

by Darrin Lee Unser on May 2, 2013 · 1 comment

Today, May 2, 2013, sales start for the 2013 United States Mint Silver Proof Set®. The set becomes available beginning at Noon (Eastern) and is sold for $67.95.

2013 US Mint Silver Proof Set Coins in Lenses

2013 US Mint Silver Proof Set Coins in Lenses

Found in the set are a total of fourteen different coins. Each are struck to proof quality at the US Mint facility in San Francisco and each bear the "S" mint mark. The fourteen strikes are collector grade versions of the 2013-dated circulating coinage of the United States.

Coins of the set are nearly identical to those found in the clad 2013 US Mint Proof Set released in late March. The only exception is that seven of the coins are struck from 90% silver. That composition is commonly referred to as "coin silver" with the inclusion of 10% copper in the alloy adding durability to the strike.

The seven silver coins, when combined, have a total silver weight of 1.34 ounces of the precious metal. Based on yesterday’s London Fix for Silver of $23.97 an ounce, this gives an approximate set melt value of $32.12.

New Silver Proof Set Packaging

This release includes new, more attractive packaging that depicts national scenes, coins and presidents.

2013 US Mint Silver Proof Set Packaging

2013 US Mint Silver Proof Set Packaging

"This year, the three coin lenses that the United States Mint Silver Proof Set comprises are packaged in a new outer carton," indicates the US Mint in a release about the 2013 Silver Proof Set." The image on the front of the carton is of the Washington Monument at sunset."

Shown on the back of the carton is additional information on the coins found within the set. This includes the name of the sites honored by the five included America the Beautiful Quarters as well as portraits of the Presidents honored on the four 2013 Presidential $1 Coins.

Lense with 2013-S Proof America the Beautiful Quarters in 90 Percent Silver

Lense with 2013-S Proof America the Beautiful Quarters in 90 Percent Silver

Coins of the set are separated into three protective lenses. One lens contains the quarters, one lens contains the Presidential $1 Coins and one lens contains the remaining five coins to include the Native American $1 Coin, the Kennedy Half Dollar, the Roosevelt Dime and the Lincoln Cent.

Lense with 2013-S Proof Presidential $1 Coins

Lense with 2013-S Proof Presidential $1 Coins

Ten of the coins feature designs never before issued as part of the annual release. This includes the Native American $1 Coin, the four Presidential $1 Coins and the five America the Beautiful Quarters for 2013.

Lense with Five 2013-S Proof Coins

Lense with Remaining Five 2013-S Proof Coins

 

Listing of the 14 Proof Coins in the 2013 Silver Proof Set

The fourteen proof coins placed inside the three lenses and packaged for the 2013 US Mint Silver Proof Set are:

  • 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 – struck from 90% silver
  • 2013-S White Mountain National Forest Quarter (New Hampshire) – struck from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter (Ohio) – struck from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Great Basin National Park Quarter (Nevada) – struck from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter (Maryland) – struck from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter (South Dakota) – struck from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Roosevelt Dime – struck from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Jefferson Nickel
  • 2013-S Lincoln Cent

As indicated by the above list, the half dollar, the five quarters and the dime are all struck from 90% silver.

Sales Expectations

Silver proof sets are among the top selling annual products offered by the Mint. Around 200,000 are likely to sell during the first week or so, based on past releases.

By the time they go off sale, more than 500,000 should be ordered. Fewer sets were produced last year as the 2012 set sold out without warning in six months. The grid below offers final sales for sets issued since 2008.

Sales of 2008 – 2012 Silver Proof Sets

  Issue Price Coins Debut Sales Final Sales
2012 Set $67.95 14 189,628 395,443
2011 Set $67.95 14 209,367 574,175
2010 Set $56.95 14 241,656 585,414
2009 Set $52.95 18 271,372 694,406
2008 Set $44.95 14 292,004 774,874

 

Order Information

The 2013 US Mint Silver Proof Set may be ordered directly from the US Mint online at its annual product page or by calling the bureau’s toll free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household order limits or product limits.

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Coin Monger May 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

These are nice sets, but often overpriced, in my opinion. I usually buy a few years later at a fraction of the price.

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