One of two coins collectors thought would be exclusive to the 2012
American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof set is now being
offered in a different set.
The U.S. Mint, in a partnership with the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, is offering the Proof 2012-S American Eagle silver dollar in
the 2012 Making American History Coin and Currency set. The set also
tains a $5 Federal Reserve note.
Sales of the set start at noon Eastern Daylight Time Aug. 7.
The Reverse Proof coin in the 2012 American Eagle San Francisco
Two-Coin Silver set remains exclusive to that set, U.S. Mint officials
said July 19, and will not be offered separately or in any other 2012 set.
U.S. Mint officials confirmed July 19 that development of the 2012
Making American History Coin and Currency set was under way prior to
the May 2 announcement of the two-coin set. The officials also
apologized for the lack of communication that led Mint customers to
believe the Proof 2012-S American Eagle silver dollar would be
available only in the two-coin set.
The U.S. Mint recorded sales for 251,302 of the two-coin sets
between noon EDT June 7 and 5 p.m. EDT July 5. That total is subject
to order reconciliation and auditing. Each set sold for $149.95.
The 2012 Making American History Coin and Currency Set is being
offered without a maximum mintage or household ordering limits and
without a defined cut-off date for sales. However, Mint officials do
not consider the set a mint-to-demand product.
The set will be offered for $72.95.
The 2012 Making American History Coin and Currency set is a joint
product between the Mint and the BEP to mark the Mint’s 220th
anniversary year and the 150th anniversary year of the BEP.
The American Eagle in the set also recognizes the coinage
achievements at the current San Francisco Mint, which marked its 75th
anniversary May 14.
The joint set includes a Series 2009 $5 note bearing the San
Francisco Federal Reserve Bank designation L12 in the upper left of
the note. The San Francisco Fed is also designated with the letter L
as the second prefix letter in the serial number.
The serial number of each of the 50,000 $5 Federal Reserve notes
to be included in the 2012 Making American History Coin and Currency
set begins with “150.” ■