Bags and rolls of circulation-quality 2012-S Chaco Culture National
Historical Park quarter dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint with
the S Mint mark are scheduled to go on sale at noon Eastern Daylight
Time July 12 from the U.S. Mint.
Although struck in circulation quality, the coins being struck at
the San Francisco Mint are reserved for numismatic sales, with none
for distribution into circulation by the Federal Reserve.
The current San Francisco Mint celebrated its 75th anniversary
earlier in 2012, which prompted the U.S. Mint to issue the 2012-S
coins in recognition of the event. Mint officials have not revealed
whether additional San Francisco Mint coins will be offered in future
years as the America the Beautiful program progresses.
The quarter dollars will be available in 100-coin bags priced at
$34.95 and 40-coin rolls priced at $18.95. Orders will be accepted at
and at 800-872-6468. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order
by calling 888-321-6468.
All domestic orders will be assessed a shipping and handling fee
The reverse of the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park
quarter was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program
Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculptured by United States Mint
Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
The design illustrates a view to the west of two elevated kivas
that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex, the north wall of Chetro
Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. Inscriptions are CHACO CULTURE,
NEW MEXICO and E PLURIBUS UNUM, plus the date 2012.
The obverse features a portrait of President George Washington.
The United States Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters
Program in 2010. It is a 12-year initiative with 56 quarter dollars
featuring reverse designs depicting national parks and other national
sites in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
Under this 12-year program, the Mint will issue five new quarter
dollar designs each year, with one final design in 2021. ■