2012 Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Prices Released, Two Sets Introduced

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Prices for the yet to be released 2012 commemorative coins, including the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar and the Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar, have been published by the U.S. Mint through a notice on the Federal Register.

Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar Designs

Star-Spangled Banner Silver Commemorative Coin Designs

2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Coin Designs

Infantry Soldier Silver Commemorative Coin Designs

As a positive point, the prices are set to remain the same as last year’s coins. Interestingly, also revealed with the pricing information is that there will be two special sets associated with the two commemorative coin programs.

Before discussing the sets, collectors will be interested to learn that the notice lists the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars and Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollars at an introductory price of $49.95 for the uncirculated versions and $54.95 for the proof versions. Both prices will advance $5 after the introductory period is over, lifting each uncirculated dollar to $54.95 an each proof dollar to $59.95.

The unexpected news is the release of the special commemorative coin sets, the likes of which have not been issued by the United States Mint since 2009. That year saw the release of both the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set, which included an Abraham Lincoln Silver Dollar, and the Braille Education Set, which included a Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar.

Since then, each commemorative coin issued by the Mint has only been available individually within standard packaging. According to the details provided in the Federal Register notice, the U.S. Mint is planning on releasing one set related to the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars and one related to the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollars.

Issued at a price point of $61.95, the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Defenders of Freedom Set will likely be the first of the two special commemorative coin sets to appear. When that release will occur is not known, but the individual proof and uncirculated coin make their debut appearance on February 16, 2012. Just like the release date of the set, additional details of it are also not currently available. It can be assumed based on the price that the set will include either a proof or uncirculated Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar that is joined with special packaging and/or perhaps historical information on the U.S. Army Infantry.

This year’s 2012 Star-Spangled Banner commemorative coin program includes not only silver dollars but proof and uncirculated $5 gold coins. The second special set to be issued will be the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Two-Coin Set, and it will include a proof $5 gold coin as well as a proof silver dollar. The prices for the gold coins and two-coin set will depend on the prevailing price of gold prior to their release, and based on this pricing grid.

Mintages for either commemorative coin sets are not known. However, the maximum mintages for the included coins were established by Congress with their authorizing legislation. Accordingly, no more than 350,000 of the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars may be struck across all product options including the Defenders of Freedom Set. The Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollars feature a maximum mintage of 500,000 and the $5 gold coins are limited to just 100,000.

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