The combined production level for 2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter advanced to the highest of all the park quarters released this year. 70.2 million pieces were struck, according to the preliminary mintage figures provided by the United States Mint. These numbers may change again before final numbers are revealed in January 2011.
The division of Grand Canyon quarter-dollars was almost equal between the Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia. Denver produced 35.4 million and Philadelphia struck 34.8 million coins.
Grand Canyon quarters were released into circulation on September 20, 2010. They are the fourth quarter design of the year in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
As it stands, the Yellowstone National Park quarter is the least minted in the series. At 68.4 million, it also has the lowest production total of any circulating quarter-dollar since 1955.
The Hot Springs National Park quarter used to hold the most scarce title — by total and by each facility, But then more were struck in September 2010. The coin’s mintage changed from 59.6 million, with 29 million produced in Denver and 30.6 million from Philadelphia, to 69.6 million, with 34 million from Denver and 35.6 million from Philadelphia.
Bulk purchase orders at the Mint made it possible for more of the Hot Springs coins, even after newer quarters has already been released into circulation. The "Question and Answer" section on the Mint’s website puts it like this:
"Orders for previously released coins will be accepted as long as unassigned inventory exists. The United States Mint may produce additional coins to satisfy orders throughout the year for the first few designs if time and resources permit; however, there is no guarantee, and orders may be refused. As the end of the calendar year approaches, flexibility in supplying previously released quarters diminishes. Additionally, Federal Reserve Bank orders will take precedence over the bulk purchase orders, which may affect the United States Mint’s ability to fill new orders for previously released coins."
(See America the Beautiful Quarter Mintages for always up to date production figures.)
Broken out between Mint facilities, the 2010-P Yellowstone quarter is now the most scarce in the quarters series with a production of 33.6 million. The 2010-D Hot Springs quarter follows at 34 million.
All of the 2010 designs so far have had mintage figures drastically lower than those of the 50 State Quarters Program®, which ran between 1999 and 2008. Totals are also lower than the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters from 2009. The lowest minted coin of the State quarters was the 2008 Oklahoma quarter at 416,600,000, with 194,600,000 of them from Denver. As a comparison, the 2008-D Oklahoma state quarter mintage is more than 5.7 times the number of 2010-P Yellowstone quarters.
The lowest minted of the Territory quarters in 2009 was the Northern Mariana Islands coins with 72,800,000, and 35,200,000 of them were P-mint strikes. Those figures are more similar to the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. At this time, the least produced 2009-P Northern Mariana Islands strikes exactly match 2010-P Yosemite National Park strikes.
The coin production figures stated above contain all of the circulating coins made by the U.S. Mint and include the numismatic bags and rolls of coins that they sell. Only collector "proof" and "uncirculated" coins are excluded.
The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program began in 2010. 56 quarter-dollars will make up the program and will feature designs depicting national parks and other national sites in each state, the District of Columbia, and all five U.S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, United States Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. Under this program, five new reverse designs will appear each year and run through 2021.
The quarters are being issued in the order in which the featured site was first established under the federal government as a national park or site. The five quarters of 2010 honor Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
The Mount Hood National Forest quarters will be issued on November 15, 2010. Its production numbers had not been released as of this writing.