On March 6, 2018, the United States Mint will release the first part of the 2018 United States Proof set that is to be minted in San Francisco (as most United States Proof coins are, unless it is a special version of a rare set). This first part is titled – America The Beautiful – Quarters – and included five coins from America The Beautiful coin series and they were – 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. All five of these stunning coins are designed using copper-nickel alloy and are struck twice to achieve optimal detail and the highly desirable Proof finish.
The second part of this amazing 2018 United States proof set includes the Sacagawea dollar coin, the John F. Kennedy half-dollar coin, the Franklin D. Roosevelt dime coin, the Thomas Jefferson nickel coin, and the Abraham Lincoln penny coin. Designed in Proof finish, it was struck in San Francisco as has been the case during the previous years. The Mint State versions of these coins will be released much later during the 2018 year and will feature every coin described above. Furthermore, each set will be struck either in Delaware (and feature the “D” Mint mark) or in Philadelphia (and feature the “P” Mint mark) and each set will be struck in Brilliant Uncirculated finish. The complete 2018 United States Brilliant Uncirculated Mint Set will feature both the Delaware and the Philadelphia sets as one complete package.
This 2018 United States Proof Set (San Francisco) contains the following five coins from America The Beautiful coin series with the obverse of each coin featuring 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. The reverse of each coin features the new George Washington quarter design (that started with the very first state quarter design in 1999) with the year-date of each coin at the bottom of each coin. Furthermore, the edge of each of these coins contains a serrated design and is done so in order to deter counter-fitters. All five coins are double struck to achieve the maximum perfection of the mirror surfaces and special dies are used for this purpose. Each proof coin features double-struck frosted engravings along with mirror fields in the background. Additionally, these coins present one-year-only designs – this makes it a collector’s dream!
This stunning set is packaged in a stunning United States Mint designed colorized box with photos from each of the parks that are featured on these wonderful coins. Furthermore, a Certificate of Authenticity from the United States Mint will be included in this packaging. Each 2018-S United States Proof Coin Set comes with a certificate of authenticity issued by United States Mint with detailed descriptions for each coin and their respective images along with the information for each set. This Certificate of Authenticity provides further guarantee of each of the coin's weight, purity and overall quality - adding a factor of collectability to each of the five unique coins in this set. This set of five coins and is a "must-have" collectible for all numismatists and coin collectors alike.