“S” Mint Mark Circulation Quality 2012 Quarters Start with El Yunque
More information has emerged on SF Mint circulating quality quarters which have "S" mint marks.
News was first revealed this week that the United States Mint would produce these type of coins at the San Francisco Mint — a facility which normally strikes only collector quality coins.
On Friday, the United States Mint officially announced what products with the quarters it would first release and the prices. It also specifically said that:
"The "S" mint mark quarters will not be released into circulation," meaning they are strictly quarters which are produced for coin collectors.
Beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, the agency will release collectible bags and rolls containing El Yunque National Forest quarters bearing the "S" mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco.
"S" mint mark El Yunque National Forest Quarter dollars in 100-coin bags will be priced at $34.95 and 40-coin rolls have pricing of $18.95.
El Yunque 100-coin bag pricing is the same as what the U.S. Mint currently has listed for bags containing circulation quality 25-cent pieces from Denver or Philadelphia — the two facility responsible for American circulating coinage.
Single El Yunque 40-coin rolls will be a first for the U.S. Mint as it currently sales two-roll sets of 40 quarters each from Denver and Philadelphia. These bundled rolls cost $32.95. As such, premiums for the new single rolls are more as two combined would cost $37.90.
Finally, while reports had indicated a mintage of 1.4 million for each of the five 2012 quarters, the United States Mint has indicated that the figure is an initial amount and that demand would dictate the eventual mintages.
El Yunque National Forest is located in Puerto Rico, and is one of the 56 national parks and other national sites to be honored on a quarter between 2010 and 2021.
"S" mint mark circulation quality coins will eventually follow for this year’s four other quarters which depict designs of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park in Alaska. If the new products are popular, they may return next year.