The standard 2012 El Yunque 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 El Yunque Quarter

Design

On the reverse side of the coin the design shows the wildlife found in El Yunque National Forest. A parrot, a Coqui tree frog and a epiphyte plant are pictured on the coin.

El Yunque National Forest is located in Puerto Rico. This tropical rain forest encompasses 28,434 acres and it's home to lush foliage, waterfalls, and rivers.

Coin Information

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

The US minted different series of the El Yunque 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 25,800,000
2012 D Denver 25,000,000
2012 S San Francisco 1,680,140
2012 S Proof San Francisco 1,012,094
2012 S Silver Proof San Francisco 608,060

Value

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 El Yunque 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 El Yunque quarter and 2012 D El Yunque 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 El Yunque quarter is worth around $1 in MS 63 uncirculated condition. The value is around $8 in MS 65 uncirculated condition.

The 2012 S proof El Yunque 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 $5.27 as of August 10, 2020. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $29.14 per ounce.

The 2012 S silver proof El Yunque quarter is worth around $8 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.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

2012 Acadia Quarter
2012 Chaco Culture Quarter
2012 Denali Quarter
2012 Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter