US Mint 2018 Proof Set Released

by CoinNews.net on March 6, 2018 · 15 comments

Today, March 6, the United States Mint released its newest annual product for collectors, the 2018 Proof Set. The collectible holds ten coins in clad composition with each showcasing frosted designs against mirror-like backgrounds.

clad 2018 Proof Set

U.S. Mint image of its 2018 Proof Set. Coins of the set are encased in two protective lenses that shipped together in one illustrated carton along with a certificate of authenticity.

This set will rank among the U.S. Mint’s most popular products of the year with sales likely to reach around 600,000. Around 200,000 of them should sell in the next few days alone.

Coins for circulation are made at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. Those in this set are produced with extra care at the San Francisco Mint. Each is struck multiple times to produce a higher level of detail using polished dies and hand-polished blanks. Priced at $27.95, the set includes:

  • 2018-S Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan)
  • 2018-S Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin)
  • 2018-S Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)
  • 2018-S Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia)
  • 2018-S Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island)
  • 2018-S Native American $1 Coin
  • 2018-S Kennedy half-dollar
  • 2018-S Roosevelt dime
  • 2018-S Jefferson nickel
  • 2018-S Lincoln cent

They are presented together in two protective lenses that ship in an illustrated cardboard sleeve along with a certificate of authenticity.

Six of the coins have one-year-only designs, including the quarter-dollars that are issued as part of the U.S. Mint’s ongoing America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The program features five different designs annually with each honoring a unique site of national interest.

Photo of 2018 Proof America the Beautiful Quarters - Reverses

CoinNews photo of a lens holding this year’s five quarters. The proof quarters are also available separately as part of the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. The U.S. Mint released this set on Jan. 23 for $14.95.

Honoring sports legend Jim Thorpe, the Native America dollar is the other coin with a unique design for 2018.

Ordering Information

Buy the set straight from the U.S. Mint’s online store, located here, or by calling toll-free at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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Maybe someone can help me here. I’m not being in the least bit disingenuous when I say that I absolutely do not understand the allegedly logical reasoning behind the U.S. Mint bragging about the extraordinarily high, in this case 600,000 unit mintage level that this 2108 clad proof set is expected to attain. Isn’t this in fact saying that if you want something that will either hold its value or even see an increase in that department then this is most certainly not the right purchase for you? I On the other hand I suppose if you were most interested in following the biggest crowd and collect whatever is the most popular then this is just the thing for you. What strikes me as especially peculiar is that on other occasions the Mint extols the virtues of low or even ultra-low mintage items in just as enthusiastic a manner. So… Read more »

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Population vrs mintage

Population of 10 = money

Mintage of 600,000 = hope 599,990 fall off the face of the earth

Love the color of the coins and how they are positioned. would hang on my wall as art.

Mouse

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Mouse,

You Have Been Nominated For THREE CoinNews.net “Oscars”:
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The Envelope Please…

Old Collector
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Old Collector

HOLD ON THERE HAIKU

Coins very rare and
beautiful; at least one of
these claims has merit.

Mouse
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Mouse

Old Collector: lol

Mouse

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Old Collector

Mouse

smile
smile
smile

Old Collector

Seth Riesling
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Old Collector –

These modern clad U.S. Mint Proof sets are beautiful for sure, but future value is obviously very low due to high mintages. Most “modern” clad Proof sets from 1968 (when they started making them all at the San Francisco Mint) to just a few years ago can be purchased now for below or near issue price. Serious collectors are not the only ones buying all of these sets each year, but also the non-collector parents & grandparents who got on the Mint’s mailing list in the 1960s & 70s when the hobby was at its height & purchase these cheap clad sets as annual gifts for the kids & grandkids as a habit. That is the main reason so many are purchased each year. High-quality, beautiful clad Proof coins in a pretty package with COA with not much value.

-NumisdudeTX

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Good morning OC – here are my 2 cents. Most people do not know that the Mint’s Numismatic Division is self- funding meaning that they are in the business of making money and Making Money. That explains the marketing strategies. On the other hand, I buy the proof sets every year, certainly not as an investment (I’m still hoping to get one with a missing mint mark but I’m not that lucky). I look at it this way – for $27.95 I could get a good steak dinner, a half a tank of gas, a bottle of Bourbon, pay the water bill or see the smile on my wife’s face when I surprise her with flowers for about the same price as a proof set. Except for possibly the flowers, none of these choices are investments, but they make me happy or are just everyday expenses. I always look forward… Read more »

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Seth Riesling & Mike Smith / Dear Seth and Mike,

Many thanks to you both for such a truly delightful cornucopia of extremely enlightening (and helpfully educational) observations regarding the many varieties of rationales, purposes and ends for purchasing the annually-issued U.S. Mint clad proof sets. What I gleaned, and quite gratefully at that to be sure, above all from both of your contributions to this seemingly complex issue is that – as is apparently so often the case with matters numismatic (and quite possibly universal) – after all the relevant monetary and practicality considerations have been dealt with in a sufficiently concrete, logical and realistic manner, it is instead left to one’s personal inclinations, tastes, preferences, wishes and desires to march to the fore and establish themselves as the ultimate determining factors of one’s decision.

Ye Olde Collector

Mouse
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Mouse

Mike – well said. Anything that makes us happy is money well spent.

Cheers,

Mouse

Mike Smith
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Mike Smith

Absolutely, as someone once said, “Buy what you like but like what you buy” – kinda sounds like a Yogi Berra-ism.

Old Collector
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Old Collector

Mouse & Mike Smith,

Or as in the old days the very prominently-posted sign in the Enlisted Personnel Mess Hall proclaimed, “Take all you want but eat all you take.” Amen.

Joe Brown
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Only way is! Have their way at the *u*s*mint today! I* do buy to this day, proof & mint*sets, but not from the *mint! There’s quite a few proof & mint sets that don’t cost much at all, i* sometimes snap them up! I* can’t help but not buy the 40% silver*sets their so cheap, from 1965 to 1970, both proof & mint*state! But all the sets i* buy, even the clad ones, someday if i* have some extra cash! I* will have graded, a lot of these sets have coins that go for a decent amount of money in a high grade of 69 & 70*! Both 40% silver & clad sets, if you have a good *I* for it, *i read the other day Seth*dude- has great eyes* i* like that*, mine ant what they use to be, but i* still can tell which to send in to… Read more »

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Old Collector

HSN MIKE HAIKU

Send before midnight. But
wait, there’s more. Operators
are standing. Bye bye.

Old Collector

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

Old Collector –

Mike Mezack of HSN = The Numismatic Devil. He has ripped off more “coin collectors (novices)” than any of the approximately 6,000 coin dealers in the USA. He might as well say, “Operators are standing by to take your money!”

-NumisdudeTX