The debuting sales figures for the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set have just been released by the United States Mint, and they are stronger than the opening sales from the prior issue.
The first set to contain America the Beautiful Quarters went on sale Thursday, May 13, 2010. By Sunday, 75,558 were scooped up by coin collectors and other enthusiasts.
As a comparison of some measure, the still available 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Proof Set launched on an earlier Monday (January 5, 2009). Their opening sales figures through to the following Sunday was 78,015, which is only 2,457 more despite the included 3 extra days.
The 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is listed for $14.95, the same price as last year’s set. It includes proof quarters featuring reverse designs emblematic of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
The obverse, or tails side, of each quarter-dollar depicts a restored version of the familiar 1932 John Flanagan portrait of George Washington.
The Hot Springs quarter was released into circulation on April 19, 2010 with a ceremonial launch one day later at the national park on its 178th anniversary. In related sales numbers, the following is the latest breakout of sales for rolls and bags of the quarters offered directly by the U.S. Mint:
|100-coin bag (P)||6,692|
|100-coin bag (D)||6,133|
|Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D)||32,224|
The next Yellowstone quarter will begin to enter circulation on June 1, 2010 with a ceremony launch on June 3.
The silver version of the proof set is expected to be released on May 27, 2010, for $32.95. It includes the same quarters, but they are instead struck from 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
The sets may be purchased from the Mint website (http://www.usmint.gov/) or by calling the Mint toll-free telephone number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).