Entering a new area today, March 13, 2012, the United States Mint released an entirely new product that is designed specifically for newborn babies. Expected to become an annual issue, the U.S. Mint debuted its first Birth Set which is described as a "keepsake coin set specially designed to mark the arrival of a newborn baby."
With a price tag of $19.95, the Birth Set includes five different 2012-dated coins struck to proof condition all within a special folder. This folder includes spaces for a three-by four-inch photograph, a lock of hair from the baby, a special message and baby information to include date and time of birth as well as weight and length.
Because the coins are proof versions, they also have a "S" mint mark which signals that they were struck at the U.S. Mint facility located in San Francisco. Standard circulating coins are manufactured in U.S. Mint facilities located in either Denver or Philadelphia. As for the five coins, the Birth Set folder holds a:
- 2012-S Lincoln cent,
- 2012-S Jefferson nickel,
- 2012-S Roosevelt dime,
- 2012-S El Yunque National Forest Quarter
- 2012-S Kennedy half-dollar
The quarter is the first of five to be issued this year as a part of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
This year's Birth Set is available now from now from the US Mint. Orders may be placed by calling 1-800-USA-MINT or by using the Mint's online store found at http://catalog.usmint.gov.