The most popular annual set from the United States Mint will be released on Monday, May 7, at 12 noon Eastern Time (ET). It will be the 2012 US Proof Set, and its price will be $31.95, which is the same price as last year’s issue.
Interest in the new proof set will be high. Over one million are ordered every year, and around 250,000 will be purchased during the first week. Some of those initial sales, however, are from the US Mint Online Subscription Program.
In the 2012 US Proof Set are all six denominations of this year’s coins, plus the multiple designed coins within a series. They are clad, and they are minted in proof condition in the facility in San Francisco, so each will have the "S" mint mark. The 14 coins are the:
- Lincoln Cent
- Jefferson Nickel
- Roosevelt Dime
- Kennedy Half-Dollar
- Native American $1 Coin
- Chester Arthur $1 Coin
- Grover Cleveland $1 Coin (first term)
- Benjamin Harrison $1 Coin
- Grover Cleveland $1 Coin (second term)
- El Yunque National Forest Quarter
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter
- Acadia National Park Quarter
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter
- Denali National Park and Preserve Quarter
The U.S. Mint packages the coins in three separate, clear protective lenses which come within one outer durable sleeve and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. The four Presidential $1 Coins are in one of the lenses, the five America the Beautiful Quarters are in another, and the remaining coins are in the last lens.
For reference, the U.S. Mint’s press release regarding the launch date and order information for the newest 2012 US Proof Set follows.
2012 United States Mint Proof Set Available May 7
Collectors may begin placing their orders for the 2012 United States Mint Proof Set on May 7, at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is priced at $31.95.
The 2012 United States Mint Proof Set includes coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, now in its third year. The quarters’ reverse designs honor 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 set also includes Presidential $1 Coins honoring Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland – first and second terms – and Benjamin Harrison; a new Native American $1 Coin; and the Kennedy half-dollar, Jefferson 5-cent, Roosevelt dime, and Lincoln one-cent coins.
The coins in the popular United States Mint Proof Set are manufactured using specially prepared, highly polished dies. The coins are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. A frosted, sculpted foreground gives them a special cameo effect. The coins are sealed in three protective lenses to accentuate and maintain their exceptional finish. A Certificate of Authenticity is included with each set.
Orders will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). All domestic orders will be assessed a shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order.
The United States Mint Proof Set is also available through the Online Subscription Program. For more information about this convenient ordering 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 May 7, 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.
About U.S. Mint
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.