There’s a bit more information on the upcoming 2012 $1 Coin products. Yesterday, the US Mint had officially announced the product line up, which had for the most part already been known. The Mint had also provided the April 5, 2012 release date for the Chester Arthur Presidential Dollars.
Subsequent to yesterday’s post, the US Mint has confirmed that the only the 25-coin rolls will be available for the Chester Arthur Dollar for the April 5, 2012 release. The larger quantity 100-coin bags, 250-coin boxes, and 500-coin boxes will not be made available on that date.
The larger quantities yield a lower cost per coin than the individual rolls. Excluding shipping, the cost per coin would be $1.318 each for the 25-coin rolls, $1.1195 each for the 100-coin bags, $1.1038 each for the 250-coin boxes, and $1.1019 each for the 500-coin boxes. There has been no indication of when the US Mint will begin sales for the bags and boxes of 2012 Presidential Dollars.
The US Mint has confirmed that the larger quantity bags and boxes will be made available for the 2012 Native American Dollar. The 25-coin rolls have been scheduled for release on April 26, 2012. There is no indication of when the bags and boxes will be available.
Lastly, the US Mint has posted a preliminary product page for the Chester Arthur First Day Coin Cover. This product is schedule for release on April 9, 2012 and contains two Chester Arthur Dollars sourced from the first day of production at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. (Interestingly, the first day of production was January 11, 2012 at Philadelphia and December 22, 2011 at Denver.)
The production limit for the cover is 22,000 units, which is unchanged from the level used for the prior year covers. Over the course of the American Presidency $1 Coin Cover series, the US Mint had reduced the limit from 50,000 for the 2007 and 2008 covers, to 40,000 for the 2009 covers, to 32,000 for the 2010 covers (except Lincoln), and finally to 22,000 for the 2011 covers. All covers from 2009 to present remain available for sale at the Mint.