Bags and rolls of the Grand Canyon National Park Quarter are now available from the United States Mint. The products went on sale today, September 20, 2010, the day before its official launch ceremony.
The Grand Canyon 100-Coin Bags are $35.95 and consist of circulating quarter-dollars from either mint facility in Philadelphia or Denver, depending on the buyer’s choice. Each bag is imprinted with the US Mint’s city of origin, "GRAND CANYON", the abbreviation "AZ" for Arizona, and the face value "$25."
The Grand Canyon Two-Roll Sets are $32.95, and include one roll of 40 quarter-dollars struck at Philadelphia and the other 40-coin roll from Denver. Each specially Mint wrapped roll contains circulation quality strikes — like those in the bags. Words on the wrapping include "GRAND CANYON", "AZ", the face value of each roll – "$10", and the Mint from which that specific roll was produced.
The standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order will apply. Orders can be placed directly online at the Mint’s Web site of www.usmint.gov, or by phone via their toll-free number at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Helping sales should be the fact that finding the new 2010 quarters in regular change could be difficult in areas where banks do not order them from the Federal Reserve. Quarter mintages are also lower than past years. To date, 69.4 million new Grand Canyon quarters have been produced. As a comparison, the Arizona quarter which debuted in 2008 in the State Quarters Program ended with a production run of 509.6 million.
The 2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter is the fourth release in the new America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. Like the 50 State Quarters® Program, every state will be honored. The main difference with the new program is that each coin will feature a national park, forest, or site for its state. Plus, there will be a quarter for each U.S. Territory and the District of Columbia.
Other 2010 quarters already released include Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and the Yosemite National Park in California. Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon will be honored with its quarter in November.
The Grand Canyon National Park will host a ceremony to celebrate the new coin tomorrow. That ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM Mountain Time in Arizona at the park’s South Rim, between Hopi House and Verkamp’s Visitor Center located in the Grand Canyon Village.