2012 Silver US Mint BU Limited Edition Eight-Piece Proof Coin Set
The 2012 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set contains eight coins in stunning proof quality displayed in a unique protective lens and presentation case. The 2012-dated coins included in this set are:
  • One American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin
  • Five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska
  • One Kennedy half-dollar
  • One Roosevelt dime
  • The quarters, half-dollar and dime bear the "S" mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco and are struck in 90 percent silver, generally referred to as "coin silver." The American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is a collector version of the official United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin and bears the "W" mint mark of the United States Mint at West Point. Each American Eagle Silver Proof Coin contains one ounce of .999 fine silver.

    Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Eagle Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: One Dollar
  • Mint Mark: West Point, NY
  • Diameter: 40.6 mm.
  • Mintage Year: 1986-Present
  • Obverse: Walking Liberty
  • Reverse: Heraldic Eagle w shield and 13 stars
  • Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: Dime
  • Mint Mark: San Francisco, CA
  • Diameter: 17.91mm
  • Mintage Year: 1946-Present
  • Obverse: FDR Portrait
  • Reverse: Olive branch torch, oak branch
  • Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: Half Dollar
  • Mint Mark: San Francisco, CA
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Mintage Year: 1964-Present
  • Obverse: JFK Portrait
  • Reverse: Modified presidential seal
  • Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: Quarter
  • Mint Mark: San Francisco, CA
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Mintage Year: 1932-Present
  • Obverse: Washington
  • Reverse: El Yunque National Forest
  • Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: Quarter
  • Mint Mark: San Francisco, CA
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Mintage Year: 1932-Present
  • Obverse: Washington
  • Reverse: Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: Quarter
  • Mint Mark: San Francisco, CA
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Mintage Year: 1932-Present
  • Obverse: Washington
  • Reverse: Acadia National Park
  • Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: Quarter
  • Mint Mark: San Francisco, CA
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Mintage Year: 1932-Present
  • Obverse: Washington
  • Reverse: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Specifications:

  • Type: Silver Proof
  • Coin Grade: BU
  • Denomination: Quarter
  • Mint Mark: San Francisco, CA
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Mintage Year: 1932-Present
  • Obverse: Washington
  • Reverse: Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Distributed by American Collectors Mint, LLC.

    Mints & Mint Marks

    Mints
    The United States' first mint was opened in Philadelphia in 1793. Cents and half-cents were its first coins struck for circulation. Dies were cut by hand and each cutter added their own touch to the coin. Horses and strong men were the "machines" that operated the presses that made the coins. Mints were located in Philadelphia (PA), Denver (CO), West Point (NY), San Francisco (CA), Carson City (NV), New Orleans (LA), Charlotte (NC) and Dahlonega (GA). Only four of these mints currently exist: Philadelphia, Denver, West Point and San Francisco. The other four were closed soon after the Civil War.

    Mint Marks
    A mint mark is a small letter struck on an open area of a coin to represent the mint location where it was made. While mint marks began in ancient Greece and Rome, the first mint marks to appear on coins in the United States were in 1838. Mint marks were usually struck on the reverse side of the coins. In 1968, however, mint director Eva Adams changed the striking to the obverse of the coin in order to gain uniformity.

    Mint marks are quite important to collectors because they help to determine a coin's value. A coin may have been struck in mass quantities at one mint, yet struck in smaller quantities at another. The coin struck in smaller quantities may be worth more than the one produced at a larger count. Mint marks are also important to collectors who gather the same coin from every mint it was struck.

    The Philadelphia Mint has always been the main U.S. Mint location, yet the majority of coins struck there did not have mint marks until 1980. It carried the title of the world's largest mint until 2009. All coins from Philadelphia carry the letter "P". Pennies, however, are the exception, as they do not carry mint marks.

    The Denver Mint opened in 1906 due to the gold and silver discoveries in Colorado. Coins produced there are marked with the letter "C". The West Point Mint opened in 1988 and coins produced there are marked with the letter "W". The San Francisco Mint opened in 1854, thanks to the gold rush in California. Coins produced there are marked with an "S".

    Coin Grading
    The grade of a coin is an essential element of information when it comes to coin collecting. The grade explains what physical condition the coin is in, therefore is important in determining a particular coin's value. Below explains the different coin grades given by most certification companies, from flawless to poor condition.

  • Mint State (MS-70 through MS-60): a coin with no imperfections after production at a 5x magnification is considered a MS-70 grade. MS-69 to MS-60 advises what level of Mint State a coin might be given the small imperfections; MS-60 is the lowest Mint State grade.
  • About Uncirculated (AU-58, 55, 53, 50): a coin where light wearing can be seen somewhere on the coin by the naked eye; MS-50 is the lowest About Uncirculated grade.
  • Extremely Fine (XF-45, 40): a coin that has light wearing throughout; XF-40 is the lowest Extremely Fine grade.
  • Very Fine (VF-35, 30, 25, 20): a coin that still shows the major details but also shows moderate wear; VF-20 is the lowest Very Fine grade.
  • Fine (F-15, 12): a coin showing moderate to heavy wear, but the major details are still visible.
  • Very Good (VG-10, 8): a coin with the design worn down by heavy wear, however the major design is outlined; VG-8 is the lowest Very Good grade.
  • Good (G-6, 4): a coin with flattened details but the design is still outlined, but some features of the coin are unclear; G-4 is the lowest Good grade.
  • About Good (AG-3): a coin with flattened details but the design is still outlined, however some of the edge of the coin is lost because of wear.
  • Fair (FA-2): a coin that is still identifiable in the design and outline, however the edge of the coin is no longer visible.
  • Poor (PR-1): a coin that is still identifiable in the design or date, but in the most poor quality.
  • Coin Certification Companies

  • ANACS (American Numismatic Association Certification Service): This grading and certification service certifies coins as genuine then grades and encapsulates them. ANA is one of the original grading services.
  • NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation): NGC is one of the three most popular coin grading certification services today. They are considered a third party service, in that they are not directly controlled by any coin dealers.
  • PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service): PCGS certifies coins as genuine and determines their grades according to a popular coin grading scale (of 1 to 70). They charge a fee for their services and seal the coin in a tamper-resistant protective holder. PCGS is one of the top three independent grading services today.