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.
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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.