Circulating quality San Francisco produced 2012-S Acadia National Park Quarters went on sale Thursday, August 9, 2012. These SF quarters will not be released into circulation as would be expected by their quality, but instead sold strictly to those who want them.
Offered by the United States Mint within rolls and bags, the numismatic coins feature the same designs and quality as those released into circulation for use in daily commerce. That occurred on June 11, 2012 (see the related Coin Collecting News article).
Reading mint marks can easily distinguish the previous released Acadia quarters from those issued a few days ago. On quarters, a mint mark is located to the right of George Washington’s portrait and immediately below the words "In God We Trust." Quarters produced for commerce will have a "P" or "D" mint mark, representing United States Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. The newest quarters will feature the "S" mint mark for San Francisco, a facility known for producing collector products but mostly in proof quality.
2012-S Acadia quarters are available in either 40-coin rolls priced at $18.95 or 100-coin bags listed for $34.95.
Quarter rolls and bags may be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint online store at http://www.usmint.gov, or by calling the bureau’s customer service line at 1-800-872-6468. There is a $4.95 shipping and handling charge added to domestic orders.
Acadia National Park Quarters feature a reverse design of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and the park’s rough coastline. The scene was designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Acadia National Park is located in the state of Maine.
The 2012 Acadia quarter is the third released within the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters. The first two honored El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico and Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. The final two celebrate Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
San Francisco circulating quarters have only been issued in 2012 as a special product for coin collectors, whereas the America the Beautiful Quarters program was introduced in 2010. The U.S. Mint has not announced if they will continue minting them next year.