Collectors can begin ordering the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set on Tuesday, January 17, at 12:00 PM (noon) ET for $14.95 from the United States Mint.
So far, the price has stayed the same for each year the America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set has been offered, beginning with the 2010-dated coins. The premium for the quarters proof set covers the cost for the protective packaging and the special finish on the clad coins. They were struck at the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco in proof quality, so each has the frosted, high-relief design against a shiny mirror-like surface.
This five coin set features the 2012 commemorative quarter-dollars that honor El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
Normally, an order for an item that is in-stock will only take one or two weeks for shipping, but at this time, the U.S. Mint is not able to deliver so quickly. A message on the Mint’s Catalog Home page states,
"Due to the United States Mint’s quarterly inventory, expedited shipping will not be available for orders placed from January 16 through January 23, 2012. Orders over $300 and orders containing gold or platinum United States Mint collectibles will receive a complimentary upgrade, but may experience a slight delay. Expedited shipping will be available again for orders placed on or after January 23, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."
The United States Mint press announcement about the 2012 ATB Quarters Proof Set follows.
United States Mint Opens Sales for 2012 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ on January 17
Sales for the 2012 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set will open on January 17, 2012, at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set – still priced at $14.95 – contains proof versions of the new quarters scheduled for release this year with reverse (tails side) designs honoring El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico), Acadia National Park (Maine), Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii) and Denali National Park and Preserve (Alaska). The obverse of the coins (heads side) features a restored version of the 1932 John Flanagan portrait of George Washington.
The proof coins contained in this set are minted at the United States Mint at San Francisco. Unlike circulating coins, these coins are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. A frosted, sculpted foreground gives them a cameo effect. To protect their pristine finish, the coins are sealed in a protective lens. The set includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
The United States Mint will accept orders at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Please add $4.95 to all domestic orders to cover shipping and handling costs.
Collectors who wish to receive automatic shipments of future United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets may enroll in the bureau’s Online Subscription Program. To learn more about this convenient shopping method, please visit http://www.usmint.gov/catalog.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on-sale date and time of January 17, 2012, noon ET shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.
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The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.