This year the San Francisco Mint, which traditionally produces proof coins for collectors, will strike 2012-S America the Beautiful Quarters in circulation quality — the same standard used for coins minted for everyday change which normally come out of Philadelphia or Denver.
These circulation quality quarters from San Francisco will not make it into circulation, however, as they are intended for collectors and will be offered only within various — yet to be officially announced — collectible products.
Reports on the ATB quarters site, CoinNews.net and other coin collecting news locations like CoinWorld suggest that there will at least be two products — bags and rolls filled with the 2012-S America the Beautiful Quarters. CoinWorld reports that the U.S. Mint plans to produce a total of 7 million 2012-S quarters, split out with 1.4 million for each of this year’s five quarter designs.
As circulation quality products that will be available only to those who order straight from the U.S. Mint, each will carry a premium. In other words, a roll of quarters will cost more than the face value or exchange amount from a bank. Prices and products will be announced later this year, according to the U.S. Mint.
"We were looking for a new numismatic product with an "S" mark. Feedback we had received from customers was that there was always great anticipation with products that had the "S" mint mark," U.S. Mint spokesperson Michael White tells CoinNews.net.
Great anticipation for collectible products combined with limited mintages can equate to potential sell outs, notes CoinNews.
San Francisco minted 2012-S America the Beautiful Quarters will include those with reverse designs that depict 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 in Alaska.
The ATB quarter series will celebrate a total of 56 national parks and other national sites between 2010 and 2021. One site to honor has already been selected for each U.S. state and territory as well as the District of Columbia.