The United States Mint continues its America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a series nearing its close, with today’s release of a proof set that showcases five different coin designs.
Each of the set’s quarters was produced at the San Francisco Mint and carries the facility’s ‘S’ mint mark. The five coins bear reverse (tails side) designs emblematic of the following locations:
- National Park of American Samoa in the U.S. territory of American Samoa,
- Weir Farm National Historic Site located in the state of Connecticut,
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands territory,
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont, and
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve of Kansas.
The national sites depicted on this year’s quarters represent the fifty-first through fifty-fifth in the America the Beautiful series. The U.S. Mint program debuted in 2010 and has seen five coin designs annually. It will end next year with one final design. At that time, a site will have been honored from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
All program coins share the same obverse (heads side) portrait of George Washington. The John Flanagan effigy first appeared on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been on the coin, with a few changes, ever since.
The set’s proof coins are created from burnished blanks that are struck multiple times by polished dies to achieve a greater level of detail than found on circulating coins. They are specially noted for their sculpted, frosted foregrounds and mirror-like backgrounds.
Price and Ordering
This year’s quarters proof set is $18.50. Those tracking such things will find that this is an increase from last year’s set which is still available for $15.95.
Order either products from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog of proof sets, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
There is no justification for the 16% increase. They are made of base metal, no silver
Except for my one subscription for the Uncirculated Set, I see absolutely nothing in the horizon that I will be buying this year from the US Mint. Sad.
I read the price of steel was up…… less & less sales higher & higher prices.. A Christopher says I see NOTHING I want nada, squat from the MINT these days. Snce the ’19 ASE debacle I find no ‘need’ for USM Products….. 64.5o for 1 oZ of AG, outrageous
I agree, Chas.
Ironically, I’ll be searching for previous years products that I don’t own, at prices that are less than what the Mint sold them for; and there is no shortage of those coins
Observe the “2020 NJ Innovation Coin.” Only 75,000 minted and after seven days they are still available. I purchased five sets of the initial release in December 2018 and then five sets of the Delaware “Innovation Coins” and then I decided that was it for me.
I hear you, I do the same. been ordering since 2009 about 3 of everything that i order. it’s getting out of hand..except for those you are talking about and that is 5 that i order at a time…bull crap
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Steve, Thanks for the post. Where did you get that information?
The Silver products were less expensive at $36.00 and ounce…Now Silver hovers around $18.00 an ounce. They are LYING 👿 👿
Duane, that is true.i think the reason for the increase in prices is due to less customers over the last few years and the mint wanting to keep the same net profits.if a business loses customers like the mint has over the past years they either make better products to bring in more customers or raise prices,the mint has unfortunately chosen the latter which in turn will drive away more people.i have been a collector for four decades and this is about as bad as i’ve seen the mint in.
The mint is required to be ‘revenue neutral’ in that its operations should be funded by its products – that includes all the regular circulation coins it makes, which in the case of pennies and nickels are actually manufactured at a loss (cost about 3 cents to make a penny and 7 cents for a nickel). When you make billions of these coins, these small losses add up, and so they take it out on the collectors to make up for it. The real answer is to either stop making pennies (the biggest money-loser), or get congress to subsidize the… Read more »
C-Q,i agree with you on that.and while they are at it,stop with the “gold “dollars,these are just taking up room in a warehouse.the new series of innovation dollars is a waste of my time because at my age i’ll not see the end of that one.HAVE A GREAT DAY.
Good analysis, K ROB. Obviously that is a downward spiral. Another approach would be to make less products so the demand is taken towards good products that can sell. Now interest is scattered across so many things that nothing gets the proper attention. Unless you’re a true numismatist the focus is lost. I bet they could cut out half the stuff in their catalog and almost nobody would notice. Unfortunately Congress comes up with things that “sound like a good idea at the time,” like the Innovation dollars, and the mint has to make them. At least the America the… Read more »
Richard w. i agree with you,there are too many products and most of those are politically correct products.I do collect the ATB quarters,but this will be my last series of anything.The new coin designs are not appealing to me and a substantial raise in prices won’t help either.I think i’ll go back to collecting vintage coins.HAVE A GREAT EVENING.
The U.S. Mint issued information late last year that at a retail price of about $26, they can produce, at a good profit, the Proof Silver American Eagle $1 coins!! And, yet, as silver is down a lot from just a couple of years ago, they raised the retail price of this annual coin from about $55 last year to about $64 this year! And they still do not have a weekly pricing grid/matrix for their silver coins & medals. But they do have such weekly pricing grids for its gold, platinum & palladium coins. Very unfair practice for sure.… Read more »