Circulation Quality US 2012-S Quarters in Collector Products

by US Coins Staff on May 23, 2012

in America the Beautiful Coins

2012 America the Beautiful Quarters (US Mint images)

As early as June, the United States Mint may release circulation quality 2012-S America the Beautiful quarters in products for coin collectors.

Confirmed this week, the US Mint has started producing these quarters at its San Francisco facility which for nearly 30 years has only shipped out proof quality versions of quarters and other American proof coins within clad and silver sets.

Proofs are specially minted for collectors, while circulation quality coins are those of the type generally intended for use in commerce. For these non-proof 2012-S America the Beautiful quarters, they:

  • will not be released into circulation
  • will have a limited mintage
  • will be sold directly to the public by the US Mint

This will make the quarters unique and sought after by many coin collectors, based on US Mint research.

"We were looking for a new numismatic product with an 'S' mark," remarked Michael White of the US Mint. " Feedback we had received from customers was that there was always great anticipation with products that had the 'S' mint mark."

Rolls and bags are likely to be the first collector products released that contain the circulation quality 2012-S quarters. Similar to the Philadelphia Mint "P" and Denver Mint "D" quarter rolls and bags that are made available following a new 25-cent release into circulation, they will carry a premium above their contents. Since fewer of these San Francisco quarters will be available, they should have a solid collector following.

The five 2012 quarter-dollars have reverse designs honoring El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park in Alaska.

Should the products containing the circulation quality 2012-S America the Beautiful quarters experience success, it would seem likely that they could become an annual offering. The US Mint at this point has not committed to making 2013-S quarters in qualities other than proof.

Also check out this America the Beautiful quarters article on the topic. For information on this year's quarters, visit the 2012 US Coins page.

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