The U.S. Mint has shared new information on the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, sales of which commenced on January 11 but have since been suspended until the Mint can address a packaging error.
A Mint press release notes that the error in question concerns the photograph of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park included on the back of the set’s outer box, pictured below. The photograph shows a waterfall from another, similarly named Kentucky park, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The Mint suspended sales of the item after the problem was discovered, and must now reprint and process packaging with a corrected design before the issue can go back on sale.
This issue affects two other releases as well: the 2016 U.S. Mint Proof Set and the U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set. The error was caught before the release of these sets, and Tom Jurkowsky of the U.S. Mint estimates that all three sets will be available sometime around April.
The Mint also revealed yesterday that 12,000 2016 ATB Proof Sets were sold and shipped before the error was discovered. The Mint said in its statement that it “deeply regrets the error and any inconvenience it has caused to its customers,” and has offered to replace the error sets for buyers seeking to return the item.