The standard 2012 Chaco Culture quarters are made of a clad composition that contains copper and nickel. Clad proof quarters and silver proof quarters were also minted and they sell for more money. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

2012 Chaco Culture Quarter


On the reverse side of the coin the design shows the Chetro Ketl Complex located at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The Chetro Ketl Complex was an Ancestral Puebloan great house and it had around 400 rooms.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is located in New Mexico and it preserves ancient pre-Columbian ruins and pueblos. Among the historical sites is Chaco Canyon, which was once a large part of the local Puebloan culture.

Coin Information

These coins are part of the America the Beautiful quarters program.

The US minted different series of the Chaco Culture quarter. There is the 2012 P quarter, 2012 D quarter, 2012 S quarter, 2012 S proof quarter and 2012 S silver proof quarter.

Proof coins are essentially coins that have more detail. They are minted on special planchets and it takes longer to produce them. They are specifically made for collectors so you won't find any in your spare change.

Note: The mint mark can be found on the obverse side of each coin under the "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto.

Series Location Quantity Minted
2012 P Philadelphia 22,000,000
2012 D Denver 22,000,000
2012 S San Francisco 1,389,020
2012 S Proof San Francisco 961,464
2012 S Silver Proof San Francisco 608,060


The value will depend on the series and the coin's condition. Below we will examine the value for each series.

Clad Quarters

The standard 2012 Chaco Culture clad quarters in circulated condition are only worth their face value of $0.25. These coins only sell for a premium in the higher condition grades.

Both the 2012 P Chaco Culture quarter and 2012 D Chaco Culture quarter are each worth around $0.45 in about uncirculated condition. The value is around $0.50 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $2.

The 2012 S Chaco Culture quarter is worth around $2 in MS 63 uncirculated condition. The value is around $8 in MS 65 uncirculated condition.

The 2012 S proof Chaco Culture quarter is worth around $3 in PR 65 condition.

Silver Proof Quarter

This coin is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $4.07 as of December 04, 2021. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $22.53 per ounce.

The 2012 S silver proof Chaco Culture quarter is worth around $10 in PR 65 condition.

Grading System

About uncirculated- There is a slight trace of wear on the high points of the design. Half of the coin's mint luster is still intact.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.



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See also:

2012 Acadia Quarter
2012 Denali Quarter
2012 El Yunque Quarter
2012 Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter