The Federal Reserve Bank published circulation release dates for the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters. Upon dispensation, the Federal Reserve will fulfill inventory orders coming from various banks and other financial institutions across the nation who supply the general public’s circulating coinage.
When issued, these quarters will represent the third year for the series and the 11th through the 15th designs. The circulating 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters release dates follow:
- El Yunque National Forest America the Beautiful Quarter (Puerto Rico) — January 23, 2012
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park America the Beautiful Quarter (New Mexico) — April 2, 2012
- Acadia National Park America the Beautiful Quarter (Maine) — June 11, 2012
- Volcanoes National Park America the Beautiful Quarter (Hawaii) — August 27, 2012
- Denali National Park America the Beautiful Quarter (Alaska) – November 5, 2012
While unlikely, it is possible that one or more of these dates could change, as the Federal Reserve indicates the dates are estimations. Its distribution efforts have to be coordinated with the United States Mint, who must strike the coins in a volume suitable to meet demand.
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will honor at least 56 sites (see schedule), mostly National Parks, across every state plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories. The quarter series features five rotating reverse designs each year, with the selected sites being presented in the order that they were first established as a national site. The program started in 2010, and it will last until the year 2021.
The obverse (heads side) of each quarter will remain the same as always, depicting a restored 1932 portrait of President George Washington by John Flanagan.
Selection of the final designs for the 2012 coins has not yet been announced, although 24 design candidates were reviewed in October of 2010 by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The last step in the process includes the Department of the Treasury’s approval.
Acquiring the new quarters via local banks and returned pocket change is sometimes a challenge, since banks place their orders by denomination from the Federal Reserve and not by a specific design or location. Also, getting the circulating quarters from both the United States Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia can be even more challenging. So, to help collectors, the United States Mint offers several products that will contain the new strikes:
- America the Beautiful Quarters Bags and Rolls
- America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets
- America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set
- America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set
- America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set
- America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set
- United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set
- United States Mint Proof Coin Set
- United States Mint Silver Proof Coin Set
The 2012 release dates from the United States Mint for the above products were not available at the time of this writing but are expected to be published in about a month on the bureau’s web site.
It should be noted the United States Mint also offers several of the above listed products in its Online Subscription Program, and the America the Beautiful Quarters are included in its Circulating Coin Bulk Purchase Program. More information about subscriptions and bulk purchases may be found on their website at http://www.usmint.gov/.