2012 US Mint Proof Set

Today, May 7, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will release the 2012 Proof Set. This product typically represents the most popular annual set and includes proof versions of 14 different coins.

Each 2012 Proof Set includes the following coins struck at the San Francisco Mint and carrying the “S” mint mark:

  • 2012-S Proof Lincoln Cent
  • 2012-S Proof Jefferson Nickel
  • 2012-S Proof Roosevelt Dime
  • 2012-S Proof El Yunque Quarter
  • 2012-S Proof Chaco Culture Quarter
  • 2012-S Proof Acadia Quarter
  • 2012-S Proof Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter
  • 2012-S Proof Denali Quarter
  • 2012-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar
  • 2012-S Proof Chester Arthur Dollar
  • 2012-S Proof Grover Cleveland Dollar (first term)
  • 2012-S Proof Benjamin Harrison Dollar
  • 2012-S Proof Grover Cleveland Dollar (second term)
  • 2012-S Proof Native American Dollar

Perhaps removing some of the significance of the current offering, the cent, nickel, dime, and half dollar have already been released within the 2012 Birth Set. The five quarters have already been released in the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. Four of the dollar coins have already been released in the 2012 Presidential Dollars Proof Set.

The only coin that will be available for the first time within the current offering is the 2012-S Proof Native American Dollar.

Last year, the US Mint had taken the approach of releasing the full annual proof set first, and the various component sets afterwards. This year, they have reverted to the more frequently used practice of releasing component sets prior to the full set.

The 2012 Proof Set is priced at $31.95 per set, which is the same price level used for the prior year. There are no ordering limits and no stated product limit.

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  1. guama says

    I will wait to buy all 3 sets (Uncirculated, Proof & Silver set) to save on shipping..I don’t think I have to rush.
    Always a favorite of mine…but time has really made these sets cheap on the secondary market.

  2. DCDave says

    Hmmm, do I buy them today (nope) or wait until 2014 to buy the 2012 sets.
    They will likely be cheaper in 2014, either painfully still on the Mint website with the 2011 ATBs (no joke) and ’11 gold Buffalo, or on the aftermarket for the taking.

    Clad sets, yawn…

  3. Wylson says

    Probably wise to wait. At least nobody’s written about buying one for myself and seven for the grandchildren.

    Seriously, and after these type of people buy them, they wonder why they tank. Wake up this is swill!

  4. Zaz says

    They are not always cheaper on the secondary market, the 2008 proof set has always been more expensive than similar sets, and the 2010 set seems to be following suit. The odd thing is the 2009 set, it had the most number of coins ever issued in a single proof set, yet it’s ridiculously cheap now.

  5. vaughnster says

    Figures that I bought a couple dozen 2009 proof sets from the Mint expecting at least a little premium. Oh well, they stack fairly nice 🙂

  6. Alan says

    Will the proof Native American dollar be sold by the mint outside of the clad and silver proof sets?

  7. Michael says

    Unless the Mint comes up with an unexpected offering, the proof Native American Dollar will only be in the full annual clad and silver proof sets.

  8. auxmike says

    No more worthless clad for me. I’m willing to spend more for the silver sets that will at least always hold melt value. I’ll be buying the Native American Dollar as a stand alone coin….

  9. billy silver says

    NGC labels and grades 1907 satin proof as a mint state coin, only 2 are known

  10. billy silver says

    After many years of being a 1907 ms67, now it is a satin gold proof 67

  11. says

    billy…let’s see, we are talking about US Mint Proof sets and you wanna talk about something completely differert. You need to get back on your medication!

  12. says

    Regarding clad Proof sets…it really is amazing how you can buy the clad 2009 proof set with the 95% (unique) copper cents for such a low price. I think if I could pass these down to my great, great grandson, he may find these to be a great bargain.

  13. billy silver says

    TO STEVE Im only seven years old and my dad says i dont need medicine. he said you are a mean person.

  14. Broooster says

    Well here we go again……. Everyone more concerned about the future value instead of adding a coin set to their collection. I myself will add 2 of these sets to my collection, and they will be coming straight from the mint. Can I get them cheaper on the after market, maybe. Do I want to buy something someone has picked over, NO. Do I want torn boxes, scratched up coin holders, NO. Do I want my after market package showing up with everything inside smelling like smoke, NO. So therefore, It’s a lot less hassle to buy from the mint. Not always the best “deal”, but hey, to me it is worth knowing everything will show up looking new.

  15. Dolores says

    Do we have any idea what the price will be for the silver american eagle set will be?

  16. Tom says

    I agree with Broooster. I almost gave up on the clad and silver proof sets a couple years ago when the mint dramatically increased its prices. I scaled back and have stuck with them, but my enthusiasm for them has really diminished.

  17. Broooster says

    ASE “S” set might be under 100 bucks at the rate Silver is falling.

  18. george glazener says

    Yep, even the Coin Vault might have them for less than $100.00. They had the 2012 Proof Set for sale last night at $49.95. Pre-Sale…!

    Hard to understand why anyone would go to the trouble to buy from them vs. the US MINT directly. It’s the same amount of effort to set up an acct, click on the “ORDER” button, and wait for the postman to bring it. Very odd, but hey, more power to ’em. This is America..!!

    As for me, I too will wait for the Silver Proof Set.

  19. george glazener says

    Can I change the subject?
    What do you fellas think about the 1 oz. copper rounds that are out there with all the obverses of classic coin designs? Do you think these will be genuine collectibles or just a cheap fad? To me, the pictures look pretty nice but I don’t have any yet?

    Is it one of those things where the price of copper will determine their future value or do you think they’re for real as collectors items?

  20. Dolores says

    Thanks for the ase price predictions – if it’s $100 I will click my heels – and that’s not easy for me 🙂

  21. VABEACHBUM says

    George – over the past 18 months or so, I have come across several companies that are marketing “bullion” CU coins and bars. And, while some offer mediocre representations of Panda Coins and Walking Liberties, I wouldn’t call any of them “collectible” coins that will appreciate in value. Just me, but I see CU as a mostly industrial type metal that will be directly tied to the spot market prices for some time to come. Given the buying and selling fees, storage fees, etc., not much room for net profits over a short or moderate time frame.

    Speaking of the spot markets, PMs are getting crushed today. Watch closely and buy on the dip!!!

  22. MarkInFlorida says

    I bought some copper bars and rounds and some zinc rounds just because I like them. I don’t expect to make money on them since there is such a big markup from melt (unless we have hyperinflation which is the only way they can pay off the national debt). But while most things I buy are in hopes of making a profit or at least not losing money, sometimes I just buy things for enjoyment. Even if I buy copper that loses half its value, I’ll have more left than if I spent the same money on golf or a night out.

  23. Really? says

    billy silver says:
    May 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm
    There is a very good reason this gov. and wall st. are making silver look so bad I for one are not buying into their bull,dont trust any of them. keep on stacking

    you are a pretty smart little seven year old billy!

  24. Broooster says

    George, IMHO, The copper rounds with classic rounds have a few things going for them. #1, they are cheap. #2, they are easy on the eyes, #3, you don’t have to keep them locked away, if they ever get stolen, you are not out a ton of money. I don’t have any myself, but I would not discourage anyone from collecting them. That is the fun thing about collecting, everyone has a little different taste. And besides, you are the one that has to look at them, so if you like them, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks 🙂

  25. Chas414 says

    Hey you could always by one from the coin vault. They’re only $49.95 there.

  26. VA Bob says

    I kind of wish the Mint made some copper coins (not rounds or medals) monetized of course, say 40MM in size (the size of a silver dollar). Perhaps with $2 or $5 dollar denominations. The canvas would be large enough to show the artwork well, but not as big as the 5oz ATB that some may consider cartoonish for a true coin. They need a semi-precious metal that won’t break the back of most collectors, yet offer a metal that is desirable. I’d like to see them also do the Native American coins in 95% copper. Sure it cuts into their profit a little more but they would still look better than the current offering does after just a short time in circulation.

  27. Hidalgo says

    Gold values are plummeting….. I wonder if we’ll see the US Mint gold coins drop another tier or two in two weeks….. That would be great news for con collectors. I wonder if secondary market prices for gold coins, when it was $1800 per ounce, will continue to hold their value….

  28. J C MacVean says

    It’s not the single year set that sparks my interest in proof sets. I collect them to keep the string going. I have a straight run from 1952 to 2011 with the 2012 set ordered. The only thing keeping me from buying the 1950 and 1951 sets is proving their authenticity. Too many sets available versus the number actually produced – this has always bothered me.

    The complete run looks great in my Eagle Proof Set binders – nothing like 60 years of shiny coins to keep your interest.

  29. george glazener says

    sheesh, the way silver did today, copper might out-perform it after all. I agree about the Native American coins, I would love to see those offered in some larger form, like a 5oz or a special 1oz .999 Silver. The artwork on them is too gorgeous to only be on a tiny quarter.

  30. stephen m. says

    I would like a native american 5 oz. silver coin or a $1 silver coin. It’s the best looking native american coin design so far.

  31. MarkInFlorida says

    If silver keeps dropping. maybe the Mint will finally start releasing the 5 oz. ATBs since they probably bought the silver much higher and they don’t want to lose even more on them!

  32. fosnock says

    They hammered silver this morning too bad their is nothing I really want…if only the mint would release the 2012 5 oz. ATBs

  33. TomP says


    My National Infantry special set finally went from a mid August expected delivery date to ‘in stock and reserved’ status. The palladium dog tags must have been procured.

  34. simon says

    Yes I did get the e-mail about the set from our USMint and I’m really looking forward to this set!

  35. Hidalgo says

    Let’s hope that gold and silver prices continue to drop! That way the US Mint’s gold and silver coins can be set at a more affordable price.

  36. Hidalgo says

    By the way, gold prices are now in the $1500’s. As I’ve been saying, gold values are on a downward trend.

    How low can it go? Baby, how low can it go? !

  37. Steve says

    I just recieved an email from the Mint on the two coin set coming out in June. In the body of the email it says…” Both coins are encased together in a custom, highly polished, lacquered hardwood presentation case.” When I click on the link to the mint’s website, the picture shows the same packaging as the 5 coin set from last year. Any thoughts on this?

  38. Hidalgo says

    @Steve – I think it’s great! The lacquer case is better than the velvet/velour case used for some commemoratives.

  39. Jon in CT says

    If the case for the two-coin SF mint SAE proof set is a shortened version of last year’s 25th Anniversary SAE set, the Mint had better figure out a way to keep the coins from being dislodged during shipment. In my case, the single A25 set I ordered had three of the five coins floating in the case and one of the coin’s plastic capsule was even broken.

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