2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Debuts

by Mike Unser on December 12, 2013 · 10 comments

Today, Dec. 12, 2013, the U.S. Mint opened sales for its eight-coin 2013 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set.

2013 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

United States Mint image of its Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

It’s a second annual release with the first set debuting Nov. 27, 2012 and selling out April 24, 2013 with sales of 50,169. This year’s set has the same 50,000 mintage but launched $10 cheaper at $139.95.

Demand is expected to be solid today and there was sluggishness on the U.S. Mint’s website in the early going with the Mint eventually toggling on its waiting room option. Last year’s set notched sales of 19,290 during its first six days.

United States Mint Website Waiting Room Option

The U.S. Mint’s website was busy soon after the sets went on sale. The Mint soon turned on its waiting room feature to control traffic, giving customers the option to wait or come back later.

A selling point for the 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set is the presentation of the coins within an attractive case, which the U.S. Mint describes as:

"Improved for 2013 to better secure the coins in the set and protect the lenses."

Inside the presentation case are 7 coins composed in 90% silver from the San Francisco Mint and 1 coin in 99.9% pure silver from the West Point Mint. Specifically, the Limited Edition Silver Proof Set includes:

  • 2013-W Proof Silver Eagle from 99.9% silver
  • 2013-S Kennedy Half-Dollar from 90% silver
  • 2013-S White Mountain National Forest Quarter from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Great Basin National Park Quarter from 90% silver
  • 2013-S Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter from 90% silver
  • 2012-S Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter from 90% silver
  • 2012-S Roosevelt Dime from 90% silver

Coins of the set are not exclusive to it. The same 90% silver coins are found within the Mint’s annual 2013 Silver Proof Set, which also has another 7 clad coins. The five 90% silver 25-cent pieces are also within the annual 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set. And of course, the one-ounce proof Silver Eagle was available individually this year until it sold out on Nov. 12, 2013. It is also within the 2013 Congratulations Set.

Coins in the 2013 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

Images of the coins within the 50,000 limited-edition set

Here’s a quick summarization of these products, their sales as of Dec. 8, and their melt value based on today’s London Silver Fix price of $19.80 an ounce.

  Coins Silver Content Silver Melt Value Price Sales
2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set 8 2.338 oz $46.30 $139.95 -
2013-W Proof Silver Eagle 1 in 99.9% 1.000 oz $19.80 $52.95 865,512 / Sold Out
2013 Congratulations Set 1 in 99.9% 1.000 oz $19.80 $54.95 13,042
2013 Silver Proof Set 7 in 90%; 7 in clad 1.338 oz $26.50 $53.95 389,857
2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 5 in 90% silver 0.904 oz $17.90 $31.95 124,014

 

Collectors not interested in the Limited Edition Silver Proof Set’s presentation case can get the same coins, plus 7 more in clad, cheaper by ordering the 2013 Congratulations Set along with the 2013 Proof Set. Prices for these two products sum to $108.90, which is $31.05 less than the cost of the set.

Ordering

Sets may be ordered by visiting the United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog or going directly to its online product page. Domestic customers will receive free standard shipping, saving $4.96, if an order is placed online before 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Those not interested in saving on shipping can also order by calling the Mint’s customer service line at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household ordering limits.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin December 12, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Well, normally I like sets with a limited quantity, such as 50,000. But at this price I will pass. So all of you who bought this set can tell me a few years from now what a blunder I made.

tom thumb December 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

I’m with you Kevin NOT AT THIS PRICE!

Mercury December 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

What I had planned to do was to pass down my collection to either my grand kids or next of kin; depending on who’s more worthy. That is why it is so important that I filter through all the hype to insure that my coin collection does not consist of a bunch of worthless trinkets. Nobody wants to inherit somebody else’s old junk. That’s why I feel it is important that the New Coin Collector of Tomorrow are not grabbing as collectables’ a bunch of heaps of metal that they may later decide to sell or hand down and find that all they done was took valuable money that could have been used for a better purpose and threw it into the hand of greedy merchants on the precepts that they were buying something of value. What we really need in view of the low scruples of coin dealers these days is a newsletter that cut through all the BS for support of the coin collector and not afraid to put the shysters on notice.

John Griffin December 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

OK for all you collectors last years limited Edition proof sets are selling for a average of $185.00 but the kicker is if you held on to these sets and kept them in the original us mint brown box. (unopened) and sent them to PCGS for grading the label would say limited edition all coins in this set with the limited edition label are selling $400 to $500 for a PR69 not a perfect coin. if you were lucky enough to get a pr70 some were selling for over $5000 So this year I purchased 50 sets and they are all going to PCGS for Grading. Dont miss out !!!

tom thumb December 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

John Your the reason I’m not buying

Steve March 7, 2014 at 1:54 am

The 2012 sets that cost $149 a year ago from the Mint go for $260 to $280 on Ebay. How is that possible?

Roger March 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

John,
How do I send a coin to pcgs for grading?

Adam April 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Steve, i’m with you, why are the 2012 sets consistently selling on eBay for over $300 and most of them close to $400. I can’t figure it out and am trying to decide if at this time next year we’ll just be kicking ourselves for not buying the 2013 prior to the sell out (I think there are only 3000 left).

Matt April 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I’m new to collecting but went ahead and ordered the 2013 set. I know you can piece together the same coins cheaper but just looking at what the 2012 sets are doing I went ahead and took a chance.

John Griffin April 14, 2014 at 2:27 am

Pcgs has a web site you can join for $49.95 a year or you can find a dealer in your area who can send these coins to Pcgs for you

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