Today May 21, 2012, the United States Mint began sales of the 2012 Uncirculated Coin Set. This represents the second of three core annual sets offered by the Mint, the others being the previously released 2012 Proof Set and the 2012 Silver Proof Set, scheduled for release on June 4, 2012.
The 2012 Mint Set includes uncirculated versions of 14 different coins from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, for a total of 28 coins. The coins from each mint facility are sealed in separate plastic folders and include:
- 2012 Lincoln Cent
- 2012 Jefferson Nickel
- 2012 Roosevelt Dime
- 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters – featuring El Yunque National Forest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Acadia National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Denali National Park and Preserve
- 2012 Kennedy Half Dollar
- 2012 Native American Dollar
- 2012 Presidential Dollars – featuring Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland (second term)
The sets are priced at $27.95 each. This represents a decrease of $4 compared to the price of the prior year set, which still remains available for sale.
According to the United States Mint, the coins in this set “are struck on special presses using greater force than circulating coins, producing a sharp, intricately detailed image.” While these coins are generally superior to regular circulation strike examples, the major grading services do not make any distinction.
From 2005 to 2010, the US Mint used a “satin finish”, which the grading services did differentiate from the regular circulation strikes.