Release dates and prices for the core 2012-dated mint, proof and silver sets have emerged based on United States Mint public notices, press releases and a scheduled products listing update.
Core sets are those that collectors have come to expect and that the US Mint has produced for many consecutive years. Specifically, these include the 2012 Proof Set, the 2012 Silver Proof Set and the 2012 Mint Uncirculated Coin Set.
US Mint 2012 Annual Sets - Release Dates and Pricing
|Core US Mint Sets||Release Date||Price|
|Proof Set||May 7||$31.95|
|Mint Uncirculated Coin Set||May 21||$27.95|
|Silver Proof Set||June 4||$67.95|
Both proof sets are similar in that each offers San Francisco minted coins to proof quality. Like last year, this year's sets will each have 14 proof coins in total -- all are numismatic versions of the same coins the US Mint produces for circulation. Annual proof silver sets different from the standard clad proof sets by the inclusion of 90% silver coins. Coins made from silver are the dime, quarters and half-dollar. The set's melt value can be determined by the 1.34 troy ounces of silver it contains, which is why the set's pricing has the potential for change based on the silver market and its volatility.
The 2012 Mint Uncirculated Coin Set is unique in that it offers a total of 24 coins -- 14 from the Denver Mint and 14 from the Philadelphia Mint. As the name implies, these are struck to uncirculated qualities. Like the proof sets, the coins in the mint set are numismatic versions of the coins found in circulation.
When it is released, the core annual sets may be purchased by calling 1-800-USA-MINT or by using the United States Mint's online store found at http://catalog.usmint.gov.