WASHINGTON — The United States Mint today announced that the 2003 United States Mint Proof Set® will be released May 19, 2003, at 12 noon (E.D.T.). The set, priced at $19.95, features proof versions of the Lincoln cent, the Jefferson 5–cent piece, the Roosevelt dime, the Kennedy half dollar and the Golden Dollar in one sealed presentation case. A separate presentation case contains proof versions of the quarter–dollar coins from each state honored this year under the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program — Illinois, Alabama, Maine, Missouri and Arkansas.
Proof coins are manufactured at the San Francisco Mint facility using specially prepared, highly polished dies. Bearing the “S” mint mark, each coin is struck at least twice to ensure the finest detail in a frosted cameo image on a bright, mirror–like background. The sealed cases containing the coins are inserted into specially–printed sleeves and are accompanied by an official United States Mint Certificate of Authenticity.
This year, the United States Mint is pleased to announce that a booklet entitled, “A Brief History of the United States Mint,” will be included with each order of three or more sets. The booklet offers a variety of information on United States Mint’s medals, commemoratives and recurring programs, and the 50 State Quarters Program.
There is no household order limit. Customers may order as many sets as they desire while supplies last. This product is also available through the United States Mint’s subscription program. For more information about this convenient ordering method, please visit www.usmint.gov. The 2003 United States Mint 50 State Quarters Proof Set, featuring proof versions of the 2003 quarters issued under the 50 State Quarters Program, may be purchased separately for $13.95.
Customers can purchase the 2003 United States Mint Proof Set online through the United States Mint’s secure website at www.usmint.gov, or by calling toll–free 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468) 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, Eastern Time, seven days a week. Hearing– and speech–impaired customers may order by calling 1–888–321–MINT (6468) 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Also, orders may be mailed to United States Mint, P.O. Box 382601, Pittsburgh, PA 15250–8601. A shipping and handling fee of $3.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders.