The 2012 United States Mint Silver Proof Set™ is the second of two annual sets released by the US Mint in 2012 to contain 90% silver coins.
The set was placed on sale by the United States Mint at noon ET on June 4, 2012 with the same price point as last year’s release at $67.95.
Included in the 2012 Silver Proof Set is a total of fourteen coins. These fourteen coins represent the circulating coinage of the United States for the year. However, each coin is produced to proof quality at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco instead of the business strike used on the circulating releases that originate from either the Philadelphia Mint or Denver Mint. The proof minting process results in a coin with a much higher level of detail and a mirror-like quality.
Making the set more unique is the fact that seven of the coins are struck from 90% silver instead of the typical clad composition of circulation coinage. These seven silver coins include the five 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters®, the Kennedy Half Dollar and the Roosevelt Dime. The total silver weight totals to 1.338 troy ounces. (Check out its latest melt value.)
The following fourteen coins are included in the 2012 Silver Proof Set:
El Yunque National Forest Quarter
The El Yunque National Forest Quarter included in this set is struck from 90% of the precious metal with a portrait of George Washington on its obverse. The reverse showcases a design emblematic of El Yunque National Forest found in the United States territory of Puerto Rico.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter
As with the other America the Beautiful Quarters, the obverse of the 90% silver Chaco coin contains a portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The reverse contains a design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park of New Mexico.
Acadia National Park Quarter
The portrait of Washington used on the obverse of all of the America the Beautiful coins was originally designed by John Flanagan and will be included on this 90% silver quarter. The reverse features a portion of Acadia National Park found in the state of Maine.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter
Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington will be shown on the obverse of the 90% precious metal Hawaii Quarter, just like the rest of the series. For the reverse, a design showcasing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the state of Hawaii is shown.
Denali National Park Quarter
George Washington’s portrait by John Flanagan will be found on the obverse of this 90% silver coin. The reverse has an emblematic design of Denali National Park of Alaska.
Kennedy Half Dollar
Gilroy Roberts designed the portrait of President John F. Kennedy that is featured on the obverse of the 90% Silver Kennedy Half Dollar. Frank Gasparro designed to reverse to show an image of the Seal of the President of the United States.
John R. Sinnock created the portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that is shown on the obverse of the dime, including this 90% silver example. Sinnock also designed the reverse of the dime which shows an olive branch, torch and oak branch.
First used on the cent coin in 1909, the obverse of the Lincoln Cent contains a portrait of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, as designed by Victor D. Brenner. The reverse shows a Union Shield and was designed by Lyndall Bass.
Jamie Franki designed the front-facing portrait of President Thomas Jefferson shown on the obverse of the coin. Monticello, Jefferson’s home, is shown on the reverse and was designed by Felix Schlag.
Native American $1 Coin
The obverse of the 2012 Native American $1 Coin contains Glenna Goodacre’s image of Sacagawea. The reverse continues the series celebrating important contributions made by Native Americans to the history of the United States.
Chester A. Arthur Presidential $1 Coin
Shown on the obverse of this strike is a portrait of Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States. The reverse contains Don Everhart’s Statue of Liberty design as found on all of the Presidential $1 Coin series.
Grover Cleveland Presidential $1 Coin (First)
Grover Cleveland will be honored on the obverse of his coin with a portrait of the 22nd President. Like the other Presidential $1 Coins, the Statue of Liberty will be showcased as designed by Don Everhart.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 Coin
The 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, will be featured on the obverse of this coin with a portrait. The reverse contains Don Everhart’s Statue of Liberty design.
Grover Cleveland Presidential $1 Coin (Second)
Grover Cleveland will again be featured on a Presidential $1 Coin acknowledging the fact that he served as both the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States. The reverse will once again contain Don Everhart’s image of the Statue of Liberty.
Buyers will find the 2012 Silver Proof Set through the US Mint online site at http://www.usmint.gov.
In a related product, the US Mint on November 27, 2012 released its 2012 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set™ for $149.95. The set includes one 2012-W American Silver Eagle Proof Coin and the same seven 90% silver coins described above. Read about the silver set.