The United States Mint has provided a release date of April 5, 2012 for the Chester Arthur Presidential Dollar. On this date, the coins will be available for purchase from the United States Mint. However, the coins will not be available from banks or other circulation channels, following the Treasury Department decision to suspend production for circulation.
The Mint plans to offer the following products for the Chester Arthur Dollars at the indicated prices:
- 25-coin rolls – $32.95
- 100-coin bags – $111.95
- 250-coin boxes – $275.95
- 500-coin boxes – $550.95
Additional products will include a 2012 Presidential $1 Four Coin Set priced at $9.95, the 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set priced at $18.95, and the 2012 Presidential Dollar Uncirculated Set priced at $16.95. The $1 coins will also be included within the 2012-dated annual coin sets produced and offered by the US Mint.
Once available, these products can be ordered from the US Mint online at http://catalog.usmint.gov. A shipping charge of $4.95 applies to all orders, with a charge of $7.95 for orders of the 500-coin boxes.
With the Presidential Dollars only distributed through numismatic channels, production levels are considerably lower than previous years of the series. The preliminary production total for the Chester Arthur Dollar consists of 2.8 million coins struck at the Denver Mint and 2.94 million coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint for a combined total of 5.74 million coins. By comparison, the previous release featuring James Garfield had total production of 74.2 million.
The US Mint has reserved the right to restart production of the Chester Arthur Dollar within the calendar year, as dictated by numismatic sales demand during the course of the year.