2012 Proof Sets
One of the most popular United States Mint numismatic products is the annual proof set. This product provides collectors with the opportunity to acquire examples of each of the year's circulating coins in high quality proof format. Many collectors have faithfully purchased one or more of these sets each year for many decades.
The 2012 Proof Set originally went on sale May 7, 2012 and sold out early the following year. The brief period of availability and limited production run has left some collectors scrambling to acquire what might come to be considered a key set. The other annual proof sets offered by the Mint for the same year may fall into the same category.
The standard version of the 2012 Proof Set contains fourteen different coins struck at the San Francisco Mint. These include the four Presidential Dollars issued for the year, the five America the Beautiful Quarters, the 2012-dated Native American Dollar, Kennedy Half Dollar, Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel, and Lincoln Cent. Each of these coins is struck in the standard composition used for circulation.
The US Mint also offered the 2012 Silver Proof Set. This product also includes fourteen different coins, however the half dollar, five quarters, and dime are struck in a special composition of 90% silver.
Two component sets containing only a selection of the above coins were also issued. The 2012 Presidential Dollar Proof Set included only the four coins honoring former Presidents Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison, and Grover Cleveland (second term). The 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set included the five coins depicting the El Yunque National Forest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Acadia National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Denali National Park.
Still two additional sets were issued including silver coins. The first was the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set, which included the five coins struck in 90% silver. The 2012 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set was issued containing the 90% dime, quarters, half dollar, and the 2012-W Proof Silver Eagle.