US Mint 2018 Proof Set Released

by 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).

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Old Collector March 6, 2018 at 3:51 pm

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 my question is, which is it, because I don’t see how much sense it makes to argue mintage levels as being advantageous in taking both the up or down trajectory.

Mouse March 6, 2018 at 8:01 pm

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.


Old Collector March 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm


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

Old Collector March 6, 2018 at 8:52 pm


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

Mouse March 6, 2018 at 8:52 pm

Old Collector: lol


Old Collector March 6, 2018 at 8:55 pm



Old Collector

Seth Riesling March 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

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.


Mike Smith March 7, 2018 at 7:39 am

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 to receiving the sets in the mail and looking for that missing mintmark anyway – lol. Cheers!!

Old Collector March 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm

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 March 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm

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



Mike Smith March 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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

Old Collector March 7, 2018 at 7:49 pm

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 March 8, 2018 at 9:05 am

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 be graded when the time comes! There*s no hurry tho! Plus like *Mike Smith says! you might find a 4*leaf*clover in one those sets*, that’s a small jackpot* for some cash! You all must here tv*icon*man*- Big*Mike, when hes pushing these sets* for a high price tag, when he says, that a 69* 40% silver Kennedy*, this is just a figure- go’s for $300.00! But he does not say that’s if you have it graded, and it come back a grade 70*, proof or mint*state! Then he says, that 1 coin alone will pay for the hole 1965 to 2009* mint*state*set, alone, you can’t lose! That’s a bit over*kill, of what i*m saying! But even clad coins in those cheap sets in a high grade go for a good peace of change$$$, if you have an decent i* for it, like Seth*, he took good*care* of his eyes*, i* wish i* did the same*! Way to many years out in the crazy, hot sun, snow, sleet, smog, from all four*seasons! But i* still sea* pretty dam good*, lucky*, But i* hope you sea* what i*m getting at! But up those cheap* sets of 1971 & up clad sets, & the 1965* to 1970* 40% silver*sets! Break*out your super*sonic*mag*glass! But read the book first to sea* which*coins in those set*s go for good*coin*! But, well i* in no hurry! To have them graded, i* know what i* got* that*s all that matters to me*, plus it*s fun & right up my alley*! cheap! Next time watch *Mr*Mike, hopefully he did*int take his* rittalin* for the show you happen to watch, so you can here between his words* for some of the jack*d up prices he says for these* coins*! But you will here him not say! That dime if it were graded proof or mint*state 70* is worth $200.,! Mike*y if he likes it, will say that dime* is worth $200*, but never*ever, says that if you have it graded, and it come back* 68,69,or 70, grade! He wants the fool to think you can go to your local coin*store, and hand the coin/*man* your dime* & your going to get laugh*d out the store, with your*, dime*, & say*s call someone who cares with it.*smile*i*do*like*Mike*tho, he*s good for a tidbit or two*.

Old Collector March 9, 2018 at 10:51 am


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

Old Collector

Seth Riesling March 9, 2018 at 6:46 pm

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!”


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