At noon ET today, March 29, the United States Mint will release its latest annual product for coin collectors, the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set™.
This set contains five pairs of unique one-year-only quarter designs. Five of them are from the Denver Mint in Colorado, and five are from the Philadelphia Mint in Pennsylvania. This year’s quarters celebrate the following national sites:
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan,
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin,
- Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota,
- Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, and
- Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.
Quarter obverses (heads side) show where they were made, with mint marks of either a ‘P’ or ‘D’.
Uncirculated coins "are hand-loaded into the coining press and struck on specially burnished blanks, yet have a soft, matt-like finish appearance," the U.S. Mint’s website describes. The coins are "made like circulating coins (which are used every day as money), but with a special process that produces a brilliant finish."
The ten coins are mounted in a folder that has descriptions of the sites commemorated, quarter specifications, and a United States Mint Certificate of Authenticity.
Available for $12.95, order it and other quarter products from the U.S. Mint’s website, right here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
This year’s set is the ninth one in the series. The Mint no longer offers any of its past annual sets. They registered sales of 42,104 in 2010; 40,709 in 2011; 42,223 in 2012; 43,217 in 2013; 31,364 in 2014; 28,968 in 2015; 29,559 in 2016; and 29,972 in 2017.
The United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will feature 56 different designs through 2021, each commemorating a national site throughout the U.S. and its territories.