The United States Mint will be releasing the second 2012-dated strike of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program next week. On April 2, 2012, bags and rolls of the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter will be made available for ordering directly from the US Mint at Noon (Eastern).
These quarter dollars contain a design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park located in the state of New Mexico on their reverse. The design shows two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex as well as the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. It was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The Chaco Culture Quarters mark the twelfth issue of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters which debuted in 2010. The series includes five new quarter dollars issued per year, each with a unique reverse design emblematic of a different site of national interest with one chosen from each state as well as the District of Columbia and the five US territories.
Shown on the obverse of each America the Beautiful Quarter is the same John Flanagan portrait of George Washington. This portrait has been used on quarters in one form or another since 1932.
With the release of the Chaco Culture Quarter, buyers will be able to purchase 100-coin bags or two-roll sets of the new strikes directly from the Mint. The 100-coin bags contain 100 circulation quality quarters struck at the buyer's choice of the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia or the US Mint's facility in Denver. The 100-coin bags will be sold for $34.95.
Buyer's opting for the two-roll sets will receive one roll of 40 circulation quality quarters struck at the Philadelphia facility and one roll of 40 circulation quality quarters struck at the Denver facility. The Mint lists a price of $32.95 for these two-roll sets.
Three more America the Beautiful Quarters will be issued yet this year honoring Acadia National Park of Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park of Hawaii and Denali National Park of Alaska. Five more quarter dollars will appear per year in the series until fifty-six new coins of the series have been issued which will occur in 2021.