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The United States Mint has offered coin collectors a peek into its upcoming line-up via a partial 2012 Product Schedule published at the bureau’s online store. the schedule, along with several clad releases, lists four different products that are sure to gain the interest of silver coin enthusiasts.
Shown as the first numismatic product release of the year is the 2012 America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set. according to the United States Mint schedule, the quarters set will have a release date of January 10, 2012. Included as part of the set will be five proof quality versions of the circulating quarters to be issued by the Mint during the year. those five coins will have a composition of 90% silver. they honor the following five sites of national interest and have designs emblematic of the location on their reverse:
- El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park of New Mexico
- Acadia National Forest of Maine
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park of Hawaii
- Denali National Park of Alaska
The 2012 America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set contains a total of 0.904 ounces of the precious metal.
Also shown on the published United States Mint 2012 Product Schedule are the two remaining 2011 America the beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coins™. Representing the fourth and fifth coins in the five ounce series for the year, this includes the Vicksburg silver uncirculated coin with a release date of January 12 and the Chickasaw silver uncirculated coin with a release date of February 9. the Vicksburg coin features a reverse emblematic of Vicksburg National Military Park located in the state of Mississippi and the Chickasaw coin represents Chickasaw National Recreation Area located in Oklahoma.
The fourth United States Mint issue next year to contain silver will be the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar, which is scheduled with a release date of February 16, 2012. these commemorative coins will be struck by the United States Mint in both proof and uncirculated qualities. the Infantry Soldier dollar features obverse and reverse imagery "emblematic of the courage, pride, sacrifice, sense of duty, and history of the United States Infantry." Final designs for the coins were unveiled by the United States Mint in November. Consistent with the Infantry motto of "Follow me," the obverse will depict a modern infantry soldier charging forward while beckoning to fellow troops. the reverse shows the Infantry branch insignia which includes two crossed rifles.
Additional products have yet to be added by the Mint to the product schedule, but the list (as known) is offered below. Items in bold represent those products containing the white precious metal:
United States Mint ProductRelease Dates2012 America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set01/10/12Vicksburg National Military Park Five Ounce Uncirculated Coins01/12/12America the beautiful Quarters Proof Set01/17/12El Yunque Quarter Bags and Two-Roll Set01/23/12El Yunque Quarter Three-Coin Set02/07/12Chickasaw National Recreation Area Five Ounce Uncirculated Coins02/09/12Infantry Soldier Dollar02/16/12Chester Arthur Presidential $1 Coin Rolls02/16/12Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set02/23/12
A disclaimer by the United States Mint indicates that these release dates are subject to change.
Coming Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 12:00 PM (noon) ET, the United States Mint will debut its first product of the year, the 2012 America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set for $41.95. (The set contains 0.904 ounces of silver with a silver value of $26.37 at the current spot price of $29.16 an ounce.)
What makes this launch special is that it gives the fans of the quarter series a chance to see all five new reverse designs together in one set before any of the quarters are released individually.
This year’s quarters feature images emblematic of 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 and Preserve in Alaska.
Each coin in the set is composed of 90% silver and struck to proof quality, so the high relief designs will stand out against the smooth mirror-like background surfaces. they are neatly packaged in the U.S. Mint’s protective coin presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The United States Mint press announcement about the 2012 America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set follows.
Set contains all five 2012 coins in the America the beautiful Quarters® Program struck in 90 percent silver
The United States Mint’s first numismatic offering of the new year will be the 2012 United States Mint America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set. The set – available for purchase starting at noon Eastern Time (ET) on January 10 – contains proof versions of the third set of five coins in the America the beautiful Quarters Program struck in 90 percent silver.
The coins bear reverse (tails side) designs honoring 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 obverse of the coins (heads side) features a restored version of the 1932 John Flanagan portrait of George Washington.
The silver proof coins in the set are produced at the United States Mint at San Francisco using specially prepared, highly polished dies and feature a frosted foreground image on a mirror-like background, giving them a cameo effect. The coins — each bearing the “S” mint mark for San Francisco – are sealed in a protective lens and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
The 2012 United States Mint America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set is priced at $41.95. Orders will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Please add $4.95 to all domestic orders to cover shipping and handling costs.
Collectors may also purchase the United States Mint America the beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set through the Online Subscription Program. To learn more about this convenient shopping 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 January 10, 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.
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The United States Mint recently unveiled the selected five reverse designs for the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters. The same designs will also be used on the investment-grade 2012 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins and numismatic 2012 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins.
These five final designs were chosen from a total of twenty-four design candidates released by the United States Mint in October 2010. four to five candidates were offered for each of the 2012 quarters as created by artists for possible selection. for the year, the five sites honored in the three different America the Beautiful Coin Programs are:
- El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico
- Acadia National Park in Maine
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
- Denali National Park in Alaska
Shown on the obverse of each coin is the same portrait of George Washington. this image of the first President of the United States was initially used on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been seen on quarters in one form or another ever since. it was designed by John Flanagan.
The five new reverse or tails side designs are offered below along with a short description of each. Release dates for the quarters are also listed. (The release dates for the bullion and numismatic silver coins have not been announced as of this writing.)
El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico)
The reverse of the El Yunque National Forest Coins will be emblematic of the forest with a scene depicting the tropical flora. also shown in the design will be a Coqui tree frog and a Puerto Rican parrot representative of the creatures who are also known to dwell there. Reverse inscriptions will include EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Gary Whitley and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
The release date for the El Yunque National Forest Quarter is scheduled for January 23, 2012.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico)
The Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter and silver coins will honor the park with a design showing two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex. also seen in the design are the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. Inscriptions will include CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The release date for the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter is scheduled for April 2.
Acadia National Park (Maine)
The Acadia National Park Quarter and silver coins will depict a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse along Acadia’s rough coastline. also shown on the reverse will be the inscriptions of ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox completed the design which was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The release date for the Acadia National Park Quarter is scheduled for June 11.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter and silver coins will feature the Kilauea Volcano with an eruption occurring from its east rift. Reverse inscriptions will include HAWAI’I VOLCANOES, HAWAII, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The scene was both designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
The release date for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter is scheduled for August 27.
Denali National Park (Alaska)
The Denali National Park Quarters and silver coins will showcase the iconic Mount McKinley off in the distance with a Dall sheep shown in the foreground and the inscriptions of DENALI, ALASKA, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The reverse design is the work of AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
The release date for the Denali National Park Quarter is scheduled for November 5.
Selection Process for Coin Designs
The selection process involved several individuals and groups including the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), the Secretary of the Interior, a liaison from the federal entity overseeing management of the honored locations as well as the chief executive of the host jurisdiction (state or territory). Taking comments from those parties into account, and the United States Mint, the Secretary of the Treasury was charged by the authorizing legislation (Public Law 110-456) to make the final selections.
The 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters and related five ounce silver coins mark the eleventh through fifteenth strikes of their respective series. All three programs debuted with five 2010-dated coins followed by five 2011-dated releases. Five new coins in each program are issued annually by the United States Mint, and that will continue until at least 2021 when the final release is scheduled appear.