Price Guide and Information for 2012 Chaco Culture National Historic Park ATB Quarters
2012 Chaco Culture National Historic Park Quarter History
The obverse of the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historic Park Quarter shows the standard Washington Quarter design with a few alterations. The Washington Quarter, that ran from 1932-1998, had the date on the obverse, as well as the word “Liberty.” This design was changed slightly with the introduction of the State Quarters, and later the Territory Quarters and National Park Quarters. The new design still shows Washington looking left, however the obverse text now reads “United States of America – Liberty – In God We Trust – Quarter Dollar.” The reverse of this coin depicts ruins from the older Indian civilizations. In the park, there is a very dense population of pueblos, and it just so happens to be some of the oldest pre-Columbian ruins still in existence. The coin shows an excellent illustration of the park in all its glory. This was the 12th coin released in the U.S. National Parks Quarters program. The reverse text of the coin reads “Chaco Culture – New Mexico – 2012 – E Pluribus Unum.” All of the circulation United States National Park Quarters were clad, meaning that they were seventy-five to eighty percent copper, and the rest was composed of nickel. The core of the coins were solid copper. These coins, however, were produced in silver for special Silver Proof Sets. The coins minted in 2012 included El Yunque, Chaco Culture, Acadia, Hawaii Volcanoes, and Denali.
Errors on the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historic Park Quarter There are currently no known errors of this coin. If you ever run across anything that looks unusual with this United States National Park Quarter, please contact one of our experts to have the error verified, or send the coin to a professional grading company for their opinion. However, the average circulation U.S. National Parks Quarter is only worth the face value of $0.25. These coins can be spent, saved, or taken to the bank.
Varieties on the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historic Park Quarter This coin was produced in a silver variety as part of proof sets. They are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. The average price of the single silver coin ranges from $5 to $10, depending on the grade. The easy indicator to determine if your coin is silver is by the mint mark. The silver quarters will have an “S” mintmark, rather than a “P” or “D.” In addition to the silver quarters, late-night TV. began selling gold plated National Park Quarters in an attempt to con viewers into thinking that the coin would be worth a lot more. Unfortunately, the amount of gold that it takes to plate a quarter is very insignificant, and these gold plated quarters have no value in the collector community. If you come across a large, thick coin that has a similar design, the United States Mint did produce 5 ounce replicas of these coins. You will know you have one simply based on the size and weight. These will not be coins that you find in pocket-change.