As in previous recent years, coin collectors again get to choose from several designs honoring our country’s past presidents and national parks, but there is a new offering adding a more lyrical touch to the wide selection of coins, and a dollar coin that you’ll be chomping at the bit to buy.
2012 America the Beautiful Quarters
Back for their third year of production, the 2012 National Park Quarters feature five more beautiful designs in a series that will span until at least 2021. The 2012 coins depict beautiful scenes from El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico), Acadia National Park (Maine), Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii), and Denali National Park (Alaska).
2012 Presidential Dollar Coins
Since 2007, the United States has been honoring deceased former presidents with a special dollar coin commemorating their term(s). These presidential dollar coins have been released in the order in which they served office, and the batch of 2012 of Presidential Dollars coins feature Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, and Grover Cleveland (who appears on two separate coins, as he served two, non-consecutive terms – and remains the only U.S. president to have done so).
2012 Native American Dollar Coin
Trade Routes in the 17th Century is the theme of this year’s coin in the series and features a Native American and a horse in the foreground, with three more horses running in the background.
2012 Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Coins
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the writing of “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, the U.S. Mint is striking a silver dollar and $5 gold coin honoring our national anthem. The silver dollar bears an image of Miss Liberty holding an original American flag waving in the sky, and the gold coin depicts a naval battle from the War of 1812.
2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar
Commemorating the brave infantry men who defend our nation’s freedom both near and far, this silver dollar depicts an infantryman poised atop a jagged rock formation while leading a call to head onward.
All of these 2012 coins can be bought from the United States Mint and may also be found at your nearest coin dealer or on eBay.