The United States Mint has provided preliminary production figures for the El Yunque National Park Quarter and Chester Arthur Dollar. These coins are the first 2012-dated releases for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and Presidential Dollars Program, respectively.
Coin production figures by denomination and mint facility are provided by the US Mint on a monthly basis. The Mint also provides figures for specific coin designs once preliminary production has been completed. These figures are considered preliminary, since the Mint reserves the right to revisit additional production within the calendar year, as dictated by numismatic sales demand during the course of the year. This has occurred on at least one occasion.
For the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the US Mint restarted production for the 2010 Hot Springs Quarter late in the year, adding to the initially provided preliminary figures. Production was not restarted for any of the 2011-dated designs. For the Presidential Dollars Program, production has not been restarted for any of the previous designs, although mintage levels were considerably higher in previous years when the coins were being distributed for general circulation.
For the 2012 El Yunque National Park Quarter, the Mint has indicated preliminary production of 50.8 million coins. This is made up of 25 million coins struck in Denver and 25.8 million coins struck in Philadelphia. If the current total remains unchanged, this would represent a new mintage low for the series. Previously, the lowest mintage was for the Olympic National Park Quarter at 61 million.
The El Yunque Quarters were released into general circulation on January 23, 2012. The US Mint began selling numismatic bags and rolls of the coins on February 7, 2012. A launch ceremony is planned for March 14, 2012.
For the 2012 Chester Arthur Presidential Dollar, the Mint has indicated preliminary production of 5.74 million coins. This is made up of 2.8 million struck at Denver and 2.94 million struck in Philadelphia. This is significantly lower than production levels for previous designs of the series, which were distributed for circulation.
In December 2011, the Treasury Department announced that the Presidential Dollars would no longer be produced for circulation, but only struck in the limited numbers necessary to meet demand from collectors. As such, the Chester Arthur Dollars will not be available from banks or other circulation channels, but only available through numismatic sales conducted by the United States Mint. The Mint has still not indicated when they intend to begin selling the coins.