Those wanting to purchase the inaugural United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter may now do so. The U.S. Mint began selling the 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter directly to the public at Noon (Eastern) on Monday, April 19, 2010.
The circulation quality quarters are available in either 100-coin bags or in two-roll sets, as first written about on this site more than a month ago.
The two-roll sets contain one roll of 40 coins that was struck at the Mint’s facility in Philadelphia, thus showing the ‘P’ mintmark, and one roll struck at the Mint’s facility in Denver (‘D’ mintmark). This totals 80 coins and sells for $32.95, or $12.95 over the face value of the strikes within the very first America the Beautiful Quarters’ product from the Mint.
Buyers are given the option of either Philadelphia or Denver quarters when they purchase the 100-coin bags for $35.95. Those seeking a better deal will want to go this route as it equates to a premium of only $10.95 over the coins face value. However, there is also a greater potential that the coins within may suffer more marks than the more tightly wrapped rolls, although much is in the luck of the draw either way.
Whatever the choice may be, the Mint will add on its standard shipping fee of $4.95 per order.
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program was authorized in 2008 and effectively serves as an extension of the popular 50-State Quarters program which ended that same year (an interim District of Columbia and United States Territories series of quarter dollars appeared in 2009).
This new program will be run in a similar fashion as the previous releases with five new strikes appearing each year until the series is exhausted in 2021. If indicators appear favorable, the Treasury Secretary has the option of extending the program for another fifty-six quarters moving its end date into the 2030’s.
George Washington, the first President of the United States will be featured on the obverse (heads side) of all of these strikes. John Flanagan designed the image on the first quarter to showcase Washington in 1932, and his work was the basis for these new coins (although it was slightly modified by William Cousins).
The reverse (tails side) for the program features changing designs of national interest sites located throughout the country and the US Territories. One site has been chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the territories to highlight a portion of a national park, national monument, national forest, etc. found within that localities jurisdiction.
For the Hot Springs quarter, an image of the headquarters building of the Hot Springs National Park was used. In front of the building, a thermal spring fountain can be seen.
Hot Springs Quarter Dollar rolls and bags may be ordered directly from the Mint’s Web site (http://www.usmint.gov/). They are also available through the toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
The same roll and bag prices will apply to every 2010 America the Beautiful Quarter. The remaining parks / sites that will be honored this year include: Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.