Today the United States Mint launched the 2012 Acadia National Park Quarter at 12 noon Eastern Time (ET) in 100-coin bags and two-roll sets.
It was also the day the Federal Reserve Bank began to release the new quarter into public circulation. Tomorrow the U.S. Mint will offer the strike in another product, the Acadia Quarter Three Coin Set.
The Acadia quarter is the third out of five new quarter designs for 2012 and the 13th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarter series. Its reverse features the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. The image shows the historical watchtower, constructed in 1858, surrounded by pine trees and sitting next to the rocky cliff of the Atlantic coastline.
Although the bags and rolls from the Mint contain circulation quality strikes, the coins have never entered circulation. Buyers have the choice of 100-coin bags filled with quarters from either the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia or the one in Denver. Both plants make American coinage for circulation. Each bag, with a face value of $25, is priced at $34.95.
The two-roll set, for $32.95, has one roll of 40 coins from Philadelphia and one roll of 40 coins from Denver. Each coin roll has a face value of $10. The set is popular with collectors because it provides a means to acquire new a new quarter from both places, since many local banks do not have the new design or do not have it from both cities.
Another popular item with collectors will be the Acadia Quarter Three Coin Set. As mentioned earlier, it will launch tomorrow, June 12, at noon ET, for $9.95. Like the name implies, the set contains just three coins, but each have special collector finishes on them. The coins are a proof strike from San Francisco having the "S" mint mark, an uncirculated strike from Philadelphia having the "P" mint mark, and an uncirculated strike from Denver having the "D" mint mark.
To order one of these new products with the Acadia National Park Quarter, buyers can go to the U.S. Mint secure online website at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or call them at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be applied to all domestic orders.
For more information on the series, also check out the National Park Quarters site.