Today, Nov. 21, the United States Mint released a collectors set of 10 circulating-quality quarters honoring parks, monuments and historic sites in Iowa, the District of Columbia, Missouri, New Jersey and Indiana.
Dubbed the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™, the collectible has 5 quarters from the Denver Mint and 5 quarters from the Philadelphia Mint — the same two facilities tasked with making U.S. coins for circulation.
This year’s quarters celebrate national sites with reverse designs emblematic of:
- Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument.
- DC’s Frederick Douglas National Historic Site.
- Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
- New Jersey’s Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument).
- Indiana’s George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.
The U.S. Mint’s series of America the Beautiful Quarters® was introduced in 2010 with circulating coin sets released every year since then. They started at $9.95 apiece and moved down to $5.95 beginning in 2012.
Their inexpensive price and easy-to-open packaging makes them attractive to collectors. The packaging protects its quarters while allowing them to be easily removed and placed in coin albums or other storage products.
Past Sales of Sets and Ordering
The U.S. Mint continues to sell five of the seven older sets. Their sales as of Sunday, Nov. 12, are:
- 40,768 for the 2010 set,
- 37,188 for the 2011 set,
- 24,869 for the 2012 set (sold out),
- 29,898 for the 2013 set (currently unavailable),
- 24,696 for the 2014 set,
- 22,356 for the 2015 set, and
- 20,294 for the 2016 set.
Order the new or past sets from U.S. Mint’s online page for quarter products, or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There is no mintage or household ordering limits.
i* must be the only one who buys these circulating 1/4 sets sent,s they came out, out of all the people who write blogs on ” Coin News.net “, If our mint* would only have put the *S* mint mark circulating ” Quarters ” in the package when they first started minting them back in 2012. How come they don’t, does anyone know why?I* really can’t sea the different,s between the “circulating quarter sets & the “UNC” ATB* quarters that cost more money$$. Are they different?, maybe i am not looking hard enough, but the finish on both of them… Read more »
let it b then,
Joe Brown The higher price “Uncirculated Quarters Set” is a different type of strike used just for collectors and the same as the Uncirculated Coin Set that has all the coins of that year. I think it is a sharper and stronger strike that is better than the strike they use for the quarters we use from the bank. The “Uncirculated Quarter Set” is released only by the US Mint for collectors. It use to be a “Satin” finish but they stopped that a few years back. The lower priced “Circulated Quarters Set” is done in a “business” strike the… Read more »
joera – Thank You for your answer, maybe it’s me*, but i barely or not even sea the difference between the “Circulated Quarter Set” & the “UNC Quarter Set”, ?, Have you or anyone bought a “circulated quarter set” from our mint, not the ones we get in change or banks, but the set you sea in the picture above. I have to agree with you about the sharper strike from the ATB* Quarters i buy from our mint than the ones i get in change, but i never got one from the bank tho.
You are welcome. I have ordered the Circulated Quarters Set from the mint. I think the quarters from the Circulated Quarter Set look better than the ones from the bank because the ones we get from the Mint do not have all the “bag marks” or dents and scratches from being in the bags and moved around during shipping and handling. When quarters from the Uncirculated Quarter Set get graded by a grading company you can get several MS70. When quarters from the Circulated Quarters Set get graded you will be lucky to get a MS68.
joera & Joe Brown –
Thanks for the great discussion about the differences on these coins. As joera said, the Mint struck all the coins in their annual uncirculated coins “Mint Sets” in a special satin finish – from 2005-2010 & those sets are a bargain at today’s prices IMHO since you might get lucky and get some MS-70 (or SP-70) coins from the grading services. The overall quality of the annual uncirculated coins “Mint Sets” has gone down since they stopped the satin finish “experiment” at the end of 2010.
Well!, that’s good enough for me* then, i was always aware of the “matte” & “satin” finish coins, from the 1997 matte *u.s.* nickel & the 1998 *u.s.* half dollar, i’m a big fan of the 2009 satin finish *u.s.* cent, made of “95% copper & 5% tin & Zinc”, it’s the same metallic composition used back in 1909 for the original *LINCOLN* cent, not like the “99.2% Zinc, 0.8% copper” Lincoln* cents from 1982 to this day, except for the “spacial version mint state satin finish 2009 P&D mint in collector sets only. All the rest of the *Lincoln… Read more »