Circulation Quality 2012-S America the Beautiful Quarters from SF Mint

by Coin Collecting News on May 23, 2012

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.

2012 America the Beautiful Quarters

2012 America the Beautiful Quarters. This year, circulation quality quarters will not only be produced in Philadelphia and Denver, but also in San Francisco.

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, 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

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.

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Sue Magill September 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

I live in the Phoenix area and recently the banks have been giving out rolls of gold quarters by the ton. Am I to assume that these are not collector items since they are being given out just like any other quarter? I personally have received over $100 worth in the last two weeks.

Coin Collecting News September 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

Sue, they may be good collectible examples from the Denver Mint or Philadelphia Mint, but not from the San Francisco Mint since those are minted only for coin collectors.

Sue Magill September 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

Thanks for the information. I will have to take a really good look at the quarters I have left, just in case. Miracles happen every day. Have a good weekend and again, thank you for your prompt reply.

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