Hi everyone. Well my sons started collecting the state quarters. He likes them so he continued. Well we came to The America the Beautiful Quarters. Now for the first eight years there was never a problem. Always the same. He likes MS 69 and bought the silver proof coins. We get to this year. It seems the ATB quarters are made with the new silver. I said this should be good. Well they came out and no one had them. Except the mint sets. So I started to ask why. I contacted my regular seller who had the complete set in MS 69 proof silver. Never again be said.
I asked why it's seems the five ounce were grading fine. So I called NGC and asked if I bought a set from the mint and sent it in could I ask for a Proof 69. I was told there was no guarantee I said I'm not looking for a 70 I want a 69. Surely from the mint there should be no problem. Well the representative was very helpful. Basically telling me find a set. Well as I said I did find one. Now I have been buying these very reasonable over eight years. Now we have problems. Why there could be only one answer the silver being used. It's not the planchet I think it's the amount of pressure being used to make them causing the low grade.
Another problem why couldn't they just added the last quarter instead of having us wait another year. Doesn't make sense. What would of been so hard they know what it is. Now to most collectors we don't collect these it was started to bring more kids into the hobby. So this problem falls on them the kids. Not right. I am happy I did find one set. But what about the other kids who are going for them. Usually you see pre-sales there was none. There is no reason to go on. They find the problem and fix it. This is a ten year set that could of ended this year but no. Now the kids have to worry. I only hope they find them. There the standard bearers of this hobby. That's all I can say. Another mistake from the mint. I don't know who to blame. So he careful I'm not saying there not out there but if you find them wait till you see the price of New Silver. Thanks Mike.