Earlier today, Nov. 21, 2013, the United States Mint started selling its 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set at a price of $5.95.
This is the final product release this year with all five of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters. Quarter-only sets issued earlier include the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set, and the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Set.
This latest set features ten quarters, five from the Denver mint and five from the Philadelphia mint, the two facilities that are tasked with producing all of America’s circulating coinage.
Price and Easy-To-Open Packaging
The $5.95 price is the same as last year’s price, but it is $4 less than the two years previous. It is also the most economical, and probably the easiest way to collect each coin from both minting facilities. Not all banks will carry each quarter design from both locations which makes it more difficult to find them. The packaging of the set also makes it easy to remove the quarters and place them into a coin album.
Sales of Past ATB Quarters Circulating Sets
Last year’s set sold out with sales of 24,869 while the other two sets remain available with current sales of 33,308 for the 2010 set and 29,476 for the 2011 set.
2013 America the Beautiful Quarters
Obverses of America the Beautiful Quarters feature a portrait of George Washington, America’s first President. The likeness was first used on the 1932 circulating quarter but it has been digitally enhanced to bring out more of the subtle details of the original model by John Flanagan.
Inscriptions read "IN GOD WE TRUST," "LIBERTY," "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and "QUARTER DOLLAR." Obverses also have the mint mark "P" or "D" to notate the United States Mint facility of origin.
Reverses feature artwork that is emblematic of each of the national sites honored. Descriptions of these designs are below.
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire – The reverse design depicts Mt. Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, framed by birch trees. It is an iconic view of the White Mountain National Forest system lands. The image on the coin was designed and sculpted by United States Mint sculptor-engraver Phebe Hemphill.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio – Designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, the reverse or tails side of the Perry’s Victory quarter depicts the statue of Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry in the foreground with the Peace Memorial in the distance.
Great Basin National Park, Nevada – The design was completed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon. It features a single Bristlecone Pine tree with the rocky glacial moraines of the national park offered around it.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland – The reverse design on this coin depicts the site during the "Defenders Day" celebration, considered the centerpiece annual event held at Fort McHenry. The fireworks symbolize the "rocket’s red glare," linking the fort to its historic past, when Francis Scott Key penned the poem, "The Star Spangled Banner."
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota – This quarter, designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna, features a close up of men at work on Thomas Jefferson’s face at the memorial. The image was inspired by old photos of workers who were adding details to the President’s face.
Inscriptions on quarter reverses include "E PLURIBUS UNUM," their year of production, the name of the site honored and the state in which the site is located.
Ordering 2013 ATB Quarter Circulating Coin Set
Orders are accepted online at the United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog, or directly from this Mint page, and by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household order limits or mintage limits, and a shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders.
Future America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Sets and related products can be obtained via the United States Mint Online Subscription Program, also found at www.usmint.gov/catalog.