The latest in a string of recent US Mint sell outs includes the 100-coin bags of “S” mint marked circulating quality 2012 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarters and the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters. These sell outs come despite a clear indication of a longer sales period.
In mid-May, the US Mint revealed that the San Francisco Mint would strike circulating quality quarters bearing the “S” mint mark for inclusion within numismatic products. This was the first time that the “S” mint mark had appeared on circulating quality coins in more than three decades.
After some early indications that the “S” mint marked quarters would be limited to production of just 1.4 million per design, the US Mint later indicated that 1.4 million was only the “initial mintage scheduled to be manufactured.” The Mint planned “to mint to demand for the product.”
Sales of 100-coin bags and 40-coin rolls for the first design featuring El Yunque National Forest began on June 21, 2012. The product page for this and subsequent releases stated that the bags and rolls would be available for one year after the initial release date.
The recently sold out 100-coin bags of the 2012-S Chaco Culture Quarters and 2012-S Hawaii Volcanoes Quarters took place well before one year after the release date. The release dates for these products were June 12, 2012 and August 27, 2012, which result in a total sales period of about five months and less than three months. The 40-coin rolls for each option do still remain available.
Below I have summarized the sales to date for rolls and bags of the circulating quality 2012-S quarters.
Sales of Circulating Quality 2012-S Quarters To Date
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An inquiry to the US Mint confirms that the two options mentioned have sold out. The reason is because the US Mint has already switched over to 2013 production. The US Mint has confirmed that circulating quality quarters with the “S” mint mark will be offered for the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters.