On January 17, 2012, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. Each set includes the five new quarters scheduled for release this year in proof format.
The obverse of each quarter features a restored version of the 1932 John Flanagan portrait of George Washington. The reverse of each quarter features a unique design representing one of five national parks or sites:
- 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
- Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska
United States Mint proof coins are struck multiple times with specially polished dies. The proof blanks are also specially treated, polished, and cleaned to ensure high quality strikes. The resulting coins feature sharp relief, with frosted sculpted foregrounds and mirrored backgrounds. The proof coins included in this set are struck at the San Francisco Mint and carry the “S” mint mark.
The 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is priced at $14.95, unchanged from the price level for the prior year set. There are no household ordering limits or specified maximum production limits imposed.
Since 1999, the United States Mint has offered separate proof sets containing only the year’s quarters, in addition to the annual sets containing all of the year’s circulating coin denominations. The full 2012 Proof Set will be released at a later date.