US Mint Releases 2012 United States Mint Proof Set

2012 United States Mint Proof Set® (US Mint image)

Beginning at Noon (Eastern) today, May 7, 2012, the United States Mint will be releasing what is sure to be a popular favorite of many collectors, the 2012 United States Mint Proof Set®. The 14-coin set is priced at $31.95, plus the US Mint's standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order.

Each coin of the set is struck to proof quality at the US Mint's facility in San Francisco from the standard composition for the specific strike and then encased in one of three protective lenses. The lenses are then placed inside illustrated packaging indicating the contents of "2012 United States Mint Proof Set®" and the US Mint's logo.

Included as part of the fourteen coin set are the following coins:

The five 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters are encased in one protective lens, the four 2012 Presidential $1 Coins are encased in another protective lens with the remaining five coins completing the third protective lens.

Proof quality coins are described by the US Mint with:

"United States Mint proof coins are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief. The coins are then packaged in protective lenses to showcase and maintain their exceptional finish."

Orders for the 2012 US Mint Proof Set may be made via the US Mint's website at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468).

 

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