2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Relaunches

by Mike Unser on February 23, 2016 · 1 comment

The United States Mint at noon ET today will resume sales of the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. The set of five proof quarters originally launched on Jan. 11 but the U.S. Mint suspended their sales after discovering a printing error on the packaging.

2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, New Packaging

Images of the protective lens for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set and the new illustrated box that holds it (views of the boxes’ front and back)

According to the Mint, boxes that held the quarters showed an incorrect image for Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky. The park is one of the five national sites commemorated on 2016 quarters with a unique reverse design. The other four quarters feature designs celebrating:

  • Shawnee National Forest in Illinois
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
  • Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina

All five quarters are in proof finish, the Mint’s highest quality. They are produced at the San Francisco Mint with each bearing an "S" mint mark. Coins struck for circulation come from U.S. Mint facilities in Denver or Philadelphia.

2016 quarters

Photos of some proof 2016 quarters taken at the San Francisco Mint.

2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets in new packaging are available for $14.95. Look for them on the U.S. Mint’s website, found here.

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Seth Riesling February 23, 2016 at 11:22 am

Mike Unser –

Thanks for the updated information on this set & your great, high-quality photos you took at the San Francisco Mint! You forgot to use the trademark symbol for the U.S. Mint’s ATB quarter dollar coins program anywhere in this article (as you probably know, they are very sensitive to this matter & have issued legal notices to many advertisers & publishers to protect their registered trademarks).
After the error photo on the packaging was discovered by astute readers of the largest numismatic publication in the world (Coin World (TM)/Amos Media weekly newspaper/monthly magazine/daily online website edition based in Sidney, Ohio) the Mint halted sales of the set. I found out just days later, & put a comment on this coin blog website, that the U.S. Mint sold & shipped 12,000 error packaging sets before discovering the major photo printing error! These packaging error sets were selling on one of those overpriced (IMHO) t.v. shopping shows (on air since 1988) last weekend & this weekend for $100 per set. Crazy stuff for sure!

-NumisDudeTX

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