WASHINGTON — The United States Mint today announced the release of a keepsake coin set specially designed to mark the arrival of a newborn baby. The 2012 United States Mint Birth Set – the first of its kind issued by the bureau – will be available for purchase on March 13 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The set contains proof quality versions of the Kennedy half–dollar coin, the first America the Beautiful Quarters® coin released this year, the Roosevelt dime coin, the Jefferson 5–cent coin and the Lincoln one–cent coin. All coins bear the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. The coins are mounted on an attractive folder with spaces for a personalized welcome message, the baby’s statistics (date and time of birth, and length and weight), a three– by four–inch photograph and a lock of hair.
Pricing for the 2012 United States Mint Birth Set is set at $19.95. Orders will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or at 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1–888–321–MINT (6468). Please include $4.95 for shipping and handling costs.
The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on–sale date and time of March 13, 2012, noon ET shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.