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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets

The United States Mint has posted the product pages for the upcoming 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set and 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set. These products won't be released for some time, but I wanted to write a quick post to provide an early look.


Each set contains the proof versions of the five 2010 quarters struck at the San Francisco Mint. For the regular set, the coins are struck in the standard copper-nickel clad composition. For the silver set, the coin have a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper.

The outer cardboard boxes have been redesigned for the new series with the image of a flag bordered by a red and blue ribbon. It appears that both the clad and silver sets will have an identically designed box, except for the product name. In the past, the outer boxes for clad sets have featured blue color schemes while the silver sets have had red color schemes.

Inside the box, the five coins are housed in a single plastic lens that appears similar to previous packaging. Within the lens, the clad set has a blue colored insert and the silver set has a red colored insert.

Besides the changes to the packaging, there are no big surprises revealed by the product details. I had previously reported on the pricing for the sets. The clad proof set is priced at $14.95. This is the same price level as last year's set, although the number of coins is reduced by one. The silver proof set is priced at $32.95 each. This is a $2 $3 price increase per set, and again the number of coins is reduced by one.

The clad set will go on sale May 13, 2010 and the silver set will go on sale May 27, 2010. I will have a full post on each set closer to the release date.

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16 Comments:

At April 28, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice box.

 
At April 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've noticed the approved designs of new coins are given the "wagon wheel or porthole effect." The ring which is around the outside of the design. Its another goofy design issue that gives coins a carnival token look but probably won't keep me from buying them. Isn't this design ring on the spouse coins and the commems also? Oh well, I guess I should just be happy the mint has coins available to the public.

 
At April 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

clad product name in blue.....silver product name in red...

 
At April 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I welcome the design updates to the packages. They are more appealing and contemporary looking.
Though I think I'll wait for the annual mint set later this year.

JA

 
At April 28, 2010 at 6:19 PM , Anonymous vaughnster said...

A few posts have commented on the Mint's better shipping service and I have to agree. I ordered eight different items late Friday, April 23rd and everything arrived today, April 28th via UPS next day air upgrade. I can't complain about that......

 
At April 29, 2010 at 5:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The silver proof set is priced at $32.95 each. This is a $2 price increase per set, and again the number of coins is reduced by one."

That's actually a $3 increase over the 2009 silver set.

 
At April 29, 2010 at 5:37 AM , Blogger Michael said...

Thanks. You are correct. Updated main post.

 
At April 29, 2010 at 5:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off subjuct...the Boy Scouts Unc. has benn taken off the "watch list" status and is now "sold out"

 
At April 30, 2010 at 3:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other subject: Just noticed on Ebay a Harrison US Mint D roll was auctioned for $395!!! I keep these on my watch list just for the heck of it, and then kick myself for not having purchased a bunch. There were 28 bids - amazing! This may be the highest paid for one Harrison roll - anybody know?

 
At April 30, 2010 at 6:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange. When someone produces a product everyone will want, the selling price is often marked up in anticipation of limited availabilty and high desirablity. Then the rise is somewhat justified.

The mint on the other hand is currently producing poor products for which there is no demand, and yet expects the lemmings to pay higher prices. What can they be thinking? Decisions doomed for failure. They used to be top notch, now they should be embarrassed to operate this way.

 
At April 30, 2010 at 8:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the price increase isn't justified then less people will be buying. If you are feeding into "the problem" by buying and then complaining about it then that makes no sense. Let your wallet do the talking and DON'T BUY if you think the price increase is too much, otherwise your point is contradictory.

 
At April 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the commenter regarding the Harrison D roll:

That is the highest price I've heard one of those rolls selling for. It's absolutely mind-boggling how much people are willing to pay for those.

I'd be happy if I could just sell my Tyler rolls (which had the EXACT same reported mintage as the Harrisons) for enough to recover my original investment. However, by the time you pay the listing fee to eBay, the 11.9% (plus .30 cents) to eBay and PayPal and pay for the postage that all buyers expect to be "free" these days, you will barely have anything left (if at all) over the face value of the coins themselves. It's depressing.

 
At April 30, 2010 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Lasloo said...

Slightly coin related...

I'm starting to design my first day coin cover for the Yellowstone ABQ quarters. But not being a big stamp collector, I'm wondering what the best options are for what stamps I should use. Should I just go for a 44 cent flag stamp? Or should I go for an older 8 cent Old Faithful stamp with a 37 cent flag stamp? The former is easier, but the latter is a bit cooler. BTW, have to go with the 37 cent stamp... only 36 cent stamp out there seems to be one for postcard airmail.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

 
At April 30, 2010 at 10:01 AM , Anonymous Brad said...

Hey there Lasloo,

I'd just go for the plain old .44 cent "Flag" stamps. While the "themed" stamp idea is appealing, it could present a problem in getting the cancellations to look good. This would be especially true if the Postal employee insists on doing the cancellations themselves, as they will make certain that the cancellation mark covers BOTH stamps. It looks much better if the cancellation just grazes the edge of the stamp so more of it readable on the cover's surface. If I go, hopefully I can do the cancellations myself again since I will obviously be more careful than a Postal employee!

I still don't know for sure if I'll be able to make the trip to Yellowstone or not, but I would certainly love to go. I'll let you know for sure as soon as I can. It's going to be one heck of a long drive!

I'm glad you've gotten some response to your eBay auction for the Hot Springs covers after Michael posted his article about them with the link on Coin Update. Hats off to you, Michael!

 
At April 30, 2010 at 9:22 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...

Thanks Brad!
Still pondering the stamp choice issue, but you make several good points.

For everyone's preview, here's what I plan the Yosemite cover to look like:
http://sites.google.com/site/lasloo/home/yellowstone-1

 
At May 10, 2010 at 6:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US Mint is stagnant. Have you seen the variety and quality of the UK Royal Mint products? They don't seemed to have a gold or silver shortage. sad.

 

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