Once again this year, The United States Mint will be producing circulation quality America the Beautiful Quarters at the San Francisco mint with the "S" mintmark. These will be in addition to the proof clad and silver quarters that will also bear the "S" mintmark. While the proof coins will be included in their respected proof sets, the circulation quality coins will not be included in the uncirculated mint sets. Neither will these coins be distributed to banks nor other financial institutions in order to be used in general circulation. The only way to obtain these coins is to purchase them directly from the mint in rolls or 100 coin bags.
Originally, the Mint produced these "S" mintmark coins and 2012 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco mint facility. This caused a problem for collectors who already purchased coin folders and albums that were preprinted with the date and mint marks for the next few years. I don't know what the "excuse" is this year for producing circulation quality coins at the San Francisco mint. I can only speculate that is to make more money off of coin collectors who are dedicated to modern United States coinage. Will you continue to buy these "specially minted" coins? Voice your opinion by voting in the poll below.
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