2012 Uncirculated Mint Set
Amidst declining sales, the United states Mint reduced the price levels for their core annual coin sets in an attempt to revive collector interest. Despite the reduced price, the 2012 Mint Set (Buy on eBay) would eventually sell out at the lowest final sales level in decades.
Sales for the product opened on May 21, 2012. Each set would include uncirculated versions of 14 different coins from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities. The coins were struck with a brilliant finish, which was superior to general circulation strikes, although these coins are not differentiated as a separate issue.
The 2012 Mint Set included coins with rotating designs from ongoing series. Five different America the Beautiful Quarters featured reverse designs representing El Yunque National Forest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Acadia National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Denali National Park and Preserve. Four different Presidential Dollars featured obverse designs with portraits of Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison, and Grover Cleveland (second term). This year’s Native American Dollar reverse design represented the spread of the horse.
The sets were completed with coins featuring static designs. These included the 2012-dated Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, and Kennedy Half Dollar.
The original pricing for the sets was $27.95 each. This was down by $4 from the price level of the previous year.
After relatively subdued sales activity throughout the year of issue, the 2012 Mint Set sold out in late January of the following year. The unexpected nature of the sell out and the historically low sales of 392,224 units gave an immediate boost to the prices of the sets on the secondary market. The final sales represented the lowest mintage for the product since 1963.
2012 Mint Set Information
Coins Per Set: 28
Face Value: $13.82
Original Issue Price: $27.95