On November 8, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set.
This product includes circulating quality examples of the five 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. The coins are housed in packaging which can be easily opened to allow the coins to be placed within albums or other storage options.
This year’s quarters feature El Yunque National Forest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Acadia National Park, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, and Denali National Park and Preserve.
Each circulating coin set contains ten coins and is priced at $5.95 per set. This represents a reduction of $4 compared to the price for the product type in 2010 and 2011. Both of these prior year sets still remain available for sale on the US Mint’s website.
Some collectors were hoping that this year’s set might contain the circulating quality “S” mint marked coins that the US Mint introduced this year. However, so far these coins have only been available within the numismatic bags and rolls.
First Spouse Gold Coin Program
The release date for the next issue of the First Spouse Gold Coin Program will be November 15, 2012 according to a preliminary product page on the US Mint’s website. This coin will feature Frances Cleveland, who was the spouse of the 22nd President Grover Cleveland. This coin represents his first term. A subsequent release will mark the second term- two coins are required under the authorizing legislation since the terms were non-consecutive.
The Frances Cleveland (First Term) First Spouse Gold Coin will have a maximum mintage of 13,000 pieces across proof and uncirculated versions. Pricing will be determined based on the average market price of gold during the period leading up to the release date.
This coin will be released just over a month after the prior release featuring Alice Paul Suffragist, which went on sale October 11, 2012. The 2012-dated coins are being released after a long delay due to production problems. Previously the US Mint stated that all four coins would be minted and issued before the end of the calendar year. Release dates for the third and fourth coins featuring Caroline Harrison and Frances Cleveland (second term) are not yet known.