America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets have been released since the ATB quarters’ program was introduced in 2010.
Marking the second issue this year and the 12th in the series overall is the Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set. It was placed on sale by the United States Mint on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, for a price of $9.95.
Its issuance comes a few weeks after the circulation release of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter which happened on April 2, 2012 — the same day bags and rolls of the quarters were made available from the United States Mint.
The three quarters within the set are different than those that will be found in circulation, or in the Mint’s bags and rolls. Each America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set includes collectible versions of the 25-cent piece, meaning the coins are specially produced using a different production process than those minted for daily commerce.
In the case of the Chaco Culture Three-Coin Set, it includes an:
- uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Philadelphia, an
- uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Denver, and a
- proof quarter from the United States Mint at San Francisco
These coins, intended for collectors, are struck more times than standard circulation versions. They therefore show deeper details. Each also has a special finish and will standout as compared to those that will be found in pocket change. Aside from those changes, however, everything else between the coins is the same, including their composition, weight, and designs.
The three coins come within an attractive and protective plastic card which features a scene of Chaco Culture National Historical Park which is located in the state of New Mexico.
Anyone can acquire the Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set directly from the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/, or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
All past sets are still available from the Mint. As a bit of a bonus, the 2012-dated sets are less expensive. Last year’s sets and those from 2010 will cost $5 more at $14.95.
The United States Mint will charge a $4.95 shipping and handling fee to all domestic orders.