The coinage presses at the San Francisco Mint have been hard at work since
the beginning of September striking Proof 2016-S America the Beautiful
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said by email Nov. 9 that the San
Francisco Mint began striking the five Proof 2016-S copper-nickel clad
quarters on Sept. 8. Production of the Proof 2016-S .900 fine silver
quarter dollars began on Sept. 24, according to White.
The base metal quarter dollars are struck on planchets composed of
outer layers of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel bonded to a
core of pure copper. The 90 percent silver coins are alloyed with 10
The copper-nickel clad quarter dollars are to be incorporated into
the five-coin 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof set and the
14-coin 2016 Proof set.
The silver quarters are to be offered in the five-coin 2016 America
the Beautiful Silver Quarters Proof set, the 14-coin 2016 Silver Proof
set and the eight-coin 2016 Limited-Edition Silver Proof set, if that
set is offered.
Pricing information and release dates are yet to be announced for
The quarter dollars bear reverse designs reflecting Shawnee
National Forest in Illinois; Cumberland
Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky; Harpers
Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia; Theodore
Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota; and Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) in