The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2012 Proof Set. This annual set includes 14 different coins, across six denominations, struck in proof quality at the San Francisco Mint.
This year’s annual proof coin set includes the coins for the third year of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. These five coins feature El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, Acadia National Park in Maine, and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Also included in the set are the four coins representing the sixth year of release for the Presidential Dollars Program, featuring Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison, and Grover Cleveland (second term).
Rounding out the set are the 2012-dated Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar, and Native American Dollar.
The fourteen coins are housed in three separate protective lenses and placed within an outer cardboard box. A certificate of authenticity is also included.
United States Mint proof coins are struck multiple times using specially prepared, highly polished dies. The resulting coins are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirrored background. The frosted, sculpted raised design elements and inscriptions contrast with the mirror like fields to create a cameo effect.
The 2012 Proof Set is priced at $31.95. There are no household ordering limits or product limits imposed. Orders may be placed online at http://catalog.usmint.gov/