New to the market today, January 17, is the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. The United States Mint started offering it at noon Eastern Time for $14.95.
"United States Mint proof coins feature sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect," the United States Mint describes. "Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief."
The set contains proof-quality quarters struck at the United States Mint facility located in San Francisco. As such, each of the five 25-cent pieces have a denoting ‘S’ mint mark unlike the circulating versions which have a ‘P’ or ‘D’ mint mark for Philadelphia and Denver. The 2012 ATB quarters in the proof set include:
- 2012-S El Yunque National Forest Quarter for Puerto Rico,
- 2012-S Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter for New Mexico,
- 2012-S Acadia National Park Quarter for Maine,
- 2012-S Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter for Hawaii and
- 2012-S Denali National Park and Preserve Quarter for Alaska
The United States Mint neatly packages the set in a clear protective coin presentation case and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. This 5-coin proof set may be purchased online at www.usmint.gov/catalog or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Like other products in the ATB Quarters Program, the annual set can be acquired via the United States Mint’s Online Subscription Program. Information on the subscription service is also available on the Mint’s website.
The proof set is the second quarters set this year to feature the new designs before they are launched individually into circulation. The first was the America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set for $41.95 on January 10.
More sets to feature all five of this year’s quarters will be the America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set, the America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set and the United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set, as well as annual sets, including the United States Mint Proof Set and the Silver Proof Set. At this time, dates for these numismatic products have not been published.