Today, January 17, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. This set contains proof versions of each of this year’s quarters struck at the San Francisco Mint.
Each set includes the following five coins:
- 2012-S El Yunque National Forest Quarter
- 2012-S Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter
- 2012-S Acadia National Park Quarter
- 2012-S Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter
- 2012-S Denali National Park and Preserve Quarter
Each coin is struck in the standard copper-nickel clad composition also used for circulating coinage. The US Mint previously released a separate set containing 90% proof versions of the coins on January 10.
The 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is priced at $14.95, unchanged from the prior year. There is no stated maximum mintage or ordering limit imposed.
This product will represent the first opportunity for collectors to acquire the clad proof versions of this year’s quarters. They will later be available within the full annual set, which does not yet have a release date announced. Last year, the order of release was the opposite, which likely had a negative impact on sales of the five quarter set.
The 2011 ATB Quarters Proof Set, which still remains available for sale at the Mint, has sold 139,672 units as of the most recent sales report. This is a little bit more than half the level of the 2010-dated set.