San Francisco Mint Circulation Quality 2012-S Quarters

This week the United States Mint has confirmed that it is producing and developing numismatic products with circulation quality 2012-S quarters that are manufactured at the San Francisco Mint.

2012 America the Beautiful Quarters
2012 America the Beautiful Quarters

There are two unique aspects to this development. First, as these quarters will be produced for numismatic or collector sale, they will not be released into circulation for use in daily commerce like pennies, nickels, dimes and other quarters. They will only be available from and sold by the United States Mint.

Second, for nearly 30 years circulation quality coins have been produced solely at U.S. Mint facilities located in either Denver or Philadelphia. The last time the San Francisco Mint produced circulation quality coins was back in 1983 and those were Lincoln cents which actually did not have the "S" mint mark pressed on them. These new quarters will have a visible "S" mint mark. quoted United States Mint spokesperson Michael White as saying: "We were looking for a new numismatic product with an "S" mark. Feedback we had received from customers was that there was always great anticipation with products that had the "S" mint mark."

Should the products enjoy popularity, there is a possibility that similar products will be offered in later years.

Prices and time frames for when these quarter will be released are yet to be announced. It does appear that product offerings will include at least rolls and bags containing the 2012-S quarters. Similar rolls and bags are made available from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint’s when new quarters are released (El Yunque National Forest Quarters and Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters are two of the five 2012 quarters which have been released into circulation as of this writing).

Update: The U.S. Mint has tentativley scheduled the first product with the quarters, indicating it will release "America the Beautiful Quarters® ‘S’ mint mark Bag and Roll — El Yunque (PR)" on June 21, 2012.

While circulation quality mintages have reached several dozens of million for past America the Beautiful quarters, mintages for the 2012-S quarters will be limited. is reporting mintage amounts as low as 1.4 million for each design.

Reverse designs on this year’s quarters feature El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, 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.

For more information on this year’s five quarters, check out the 2012 national park quarters page. Stay tuned to this site for updated news and announcements about upcoming 2012-S quarter products.

4 thoughts on “San Francisco Mint Circulation Quality 2012-S Quarters”

  1. Wonderful decision by the Mint but shortsighted if it produces only five of the 56 coins in this series. I hope the Mint decides to continue these coins in future years AND to offer the ten coins from 2010 and 2011 to make the series complete.


  2. I don’t think the Mint can legally mint coins for previous years, so we are out of luck for years 2010 and 2011.

  3. First of all there is no room in the ATB state quarters books
    To put these -S- mint marked quarters,second the mint sells enough crap for the sake of making a few bucks then anything being collectible . Anyone still enjoy their state quarters proof sets that lost two thirds of their value because they made so many of them? Me personally,I’m sick of feeding the mint my hard earned money and getting crap in return.

  4. These ATB quarters get better with each issue. Folks are finding Proof Like clad quarters to get graded, and it is going to supercharge the market for years to come. If you have not bought any S Rolls yet, get busy. They are splendidly beautiful…beyond comparison. Ten years from now when folks are trying to assemble a Proof Like set of these, there will be damage to their wallets because of the appreciation.
    I got wise to these at the git-go, and have assembled a stellar set of these gems. Get yours soon, it’s gonna be hard to locate the best examples in a very short while.
    Thanks, US Mint folks!!!

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