Today March 13, 2012, the United States Mint began sales of the 2012 Birth Set. This is a new product type targeted as a gift for newborns.
Each set includes proof versions of the 2012 Kennedy Half Dollar, El Yunque National Park Quarter, Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel, and Lincoln Cent. The coins are placed within a specially designed folder with space for a welcome message, baby photograph, and lock of the baby’s hair.
Interestingly, this product will represent the first release for any version of the 2012 Kennedy Half Dollar. It will also mark the first release for the 2012-S Proof Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel, and Lincoln Cent. The US Mint has still not schedule a release date for the 2012 Proof Set.
As a side note, shouldn’t this set start the clock for NGC’s “Early Releases” designation for the coins mentioned above?
The 2012 Birth Set is priced at $19.95 each. It is a reasonable pricing point for a newborn baby gift, but not such a great deal in comparison to the full 2012 Proof Set, which will be $31.95 and include an additional five $1 coins and four quarters.
On World Mint News Blog, I have prepared a post with an overview of some of the birth or baby coins and sets offered by world mints.