Circulating Quality 2012-S Acadia National Park Quarters

On August 9, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of circulating quality Acadia National Park Quarters struck at the San Francisco Mint and carrying the “S” mint mark.

This continues the offerings for a new product type introduced this year. In modern times, the San Francisco Mint has typically only produced proof or commemorative coinage bearing the “S” mint mark. Up until this year, the last time circulation strike coins were produced with the “S” mint mark was more than three decades ago with the 1981-S Susan B. Anthony Dollar.

The US Mint created the circulating quality “S” mint marked quarters (which will not be released for circulation) following feedback from customers that indicated great anticipation for products containing the “S” mint mark. The Mint also sought to bring some additional visibility to the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

So far, circulating quality 2012-S quarters have been released for El Yunque National Forest (June 21) and Chaco Culture National Park (July 12). Sales figures to date are included below.

2012-S El Yunque Quarters units coins
100-coin bags 7,766 776,600
40-coin rolls 12,537 501,480
total 1,278,080
2012-S Chaco Culture Quarters
100-coin bags 4,967 496,700
40-coin rolls 7,037 281,480
total 778,180

Prior to the start of sales, the US Mint indicated an initial production level of 1.4 million coins per design. The El Yunque Quarters have nearly reached this level, but there is a noticeably slower pace of sales for the Chaco Culture Quarters.

There hasn’t been any indication from the Mint whether the product type will continue into the following year, but the sales trends for the next few releases may represent one of the determining factors.

The circulating quality 2012-S Acadia National Park Quarters will be available in either 100-coin bags priced at $34.95 or 40-coin rolls priced at $18.95. The coins are included in special packaging which incorporates the site name, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value of the contents.

There are no household ordering limits or established maximum mintages. Although the initial production level has been indicated as 1.4 million coins per design, ultimately the US Mint will produce to fulfill customer demand. The Mint has indicated their intention to have each release remain available for one year from the initial release date.

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  1. VA Bob says

    These sound interesting but I’m passing on them. Clad has not preformed well as a whole, and I just can’t see paying a premium on something that should be face value. Even at face the Mint makes money on these. Release them into circulation or keep them. They will never be rare as every one of these coins is being put away with a hope of a big profit.

  2. VA Bob says

    Richard – IMO one would have to hope for an error for these to appreciate in any significant way. Collect them if you like them, and hope for the best if you buy as an investment.

  3. says

    VA Bob,

    While these are unlikely to make big profits, the circulation numbers are low enough that modest profits might be realized per quarter at some point down the line. I still very rarely see quarters newer than 2008 in circulation.

    PMs are still unquestionably a better investment than clad, though. Clad coins as a whole are very speculative as investments.

  4. VA Bob says

    CO – As far as I know although these are “circulating” quality coins, they are not being released for circulation. That means every one that is minted goes to a collector or a speculator. Just like a commemorative, a million of them made usually ensures ready availability, driving down long term prospects. I hope I’m wrong and you guys make a fortune on them, but my gut feel says otherwise. A sincere best of luck with them is all I can offer.

  5. VA Bob says

    Now if some kind-hearted philanthropist is going to release these into the wild in quantity, that may make a difference. As it stands now, I’m not even sure the coin holder makers will add a hole for these in their albums. Even so, is there even 200K quarter collectors, never mind a million, out there that would need them to complete their sets, driving a nice premium? After the State Quarter program, I highly doubt it.

  6. Mike S. says

    Will these and the prior two releases be available at the ANA show at the Mint table??? Thank you for any information.

  7. Jon in CT says

    Mike S. wrote on August 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm:

    Will these and the prior two releases be available at the ANA show at the Mint table??? Thank you for any information.

    They might be. If not, you can just walk downt to the Philly Mint and buy them (and take a nice tour, too).

  8. Tim says

    Well, I guess there goes having a 2012 ATB Circulating Quarter Set this year. Had one for 10 and 11. They would have to repackage to include these I assume. It can join the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Set, that sometimes we get, sometimes we don’t. I know it might be too early yet to say they won’t be packaged as in years past or even made available, but the Mints track record speaks volumes. I had gotten the 10 and 11 for the low, low mintage’s as a set.

  9. Shutter says

    For those that occasionally buy graded coins, NGC has just released a smartphone app that allows to look up con details by scanning barcode or entering cert number.

  10. TomP says

    I’m in the minority, but I think they will increase in value. On the negative side they are clad and declining mintages for quarters is producing yawns.

    On the positive side the mintage is “only” 1.4 million. I believe they make more proof sets than that, and sell more dollar coins than that. My bold prediction is that they should be selling for a dollar or 2 a piece on Ebay in about 2 years.

  11. VA Bob says

    Richard – NP, but if you like them, don’t let me discourage you. There are many worse things you could spend your money on. Worse case scenario… they are worth $.25 and not a total loss.

    Tim – That would have been the decent thing for the Mint to do… include them in the annual Mint sets. But that’s what so weird about these. They ARE circulating coins, that won’t be released for circulation. This begs the same question, in reverse, for the Prez dollars which are now the same status, yet ARE included in the annual sets.

    TomP – Good luck with them. I believe the annual Mint sets have fallen below a million in recent years. Unfortunately these often sell for issue price, sometimes lower. If you bought rolls of the “S” quarters, you paid just under $.50 each, so $1 or $2 dollars in a couple of years, minus eBay fees, wouldn’t be bad if you have quantity to sell… and a dollar is still worth what it is today. IMO the Mint made a mistake and hurt collectors by not releasing these, even 2 or 3 million through normal channels. Then your rolls and bags would be the best examples available. As it is now, if they are all “special” then none are.

  12. VA Bob says

    BTW TomP – Probably a decent comparison coin would be the last decade of Kennedy Half’s. The Mint makes about 1.8 million of these each in P and D mint marks. Just a quick look on ebay I saw a single 2010 P & D go for $3 and sealed 2010 P & D box (40) for $45. All were BIN. I don’t know if there are more Kennedy half collectors than Washington quarter collectors, but due to their good availability in nearly all years/mint marks/varieties/condition the K half’s are pretty popular with those seeking relatively affordable completness in a type set.

  13. Don says

    I guess its to early to determine if these S minted ATB quarters will be included in the 2012 circulating quarters set. For those of us who do not want rolls of these S quarters, it would be a good thing if the mint packages these in the inexpensive circulating quarters sets. Having one example of each S quarter will suffice for me.

  14. VA Bob says

    plmark – That’s a nice set, but are they trying to pay off the deficit in one fell swoop? Free shipping is the least they could do.

  15. Micro says

    hi ho silver,

    I personally like the Gettysburg quarter. Is it the best design that could have been done? Maybe not, but I like it just the same.

  16. hi ho silver says

    Micro I guess I visited the park too much lol!! statues everywhere ! I understand the one on the coin at “The Point” just not enough detail for me.

  17. TomP says

    Marketing … or lack thereof. With a mintage of 1.4 million you would think they would try “a maximum mintage of 35,000 rolls” or something else enticing? No.

    I ordered 2 rolls each of the first 2 S mint circulation quarters. The first encouraging point is that all 4 rolls arrived in one box. There is no second encouraging point. Each roll is shipped in it’s own seperate subbox with one roll in the 5 roll capacity holder. I ripped open one ‘incredibly difficult to open’ box and as usual the end coins were ‘tails’ ‘tails’.

    Couldn’t the mint hire one minimum wage person to flip at least one of the end coins over to heads??? At a rate of 1 per minute (which is unreasonably slow) it would take 73 days. 2 people, 2 per minute, under 3 weeks.

    Does anyone at the Mint think? We are paying a premium for metalic junk and they can’t even get the basics right. (it’s junk, but I’ll probably make a tiny profit someday)

  18. TomP says

    I shudder to think of what states like my own RI, DE, NE, and KS have to offer in the way of Federal parks. They may even make PA look good.

    hi ho, My “brilliant” plan is to buy 1 roll for myself and 1 roll to sell off. If that doesn’t work, I have 2 rolls for myself. One day I may be featured on hoarders.

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