The newest 2010 America the Beautiful Quarter™ is now available to the public. The U.S. Mint began selling the Yosemite National Park Quarter at noon Eastern Time on Monday, July 26. Just like previous new quarter releases, those who are interested can buy circulation quality 100-coin bags and two-roll sets.
The 100-coin bags come in two options, either from the Philadelphia or Denver Mint with the corresponding "P" or "D" mint mark on the quarters. The bags, made of canvas, denote the chosen mint, as well as "Yosemite, CA" and "$25." A premium of $10.95 over the bag’s face value exists, since each bag costs $35.95.
The two-roll sets contain one roll of 40 coins struck at each mint. This totals 80 coins and sells for $32.95, or $12.95 over the face value. Written on the roll’s paper wrappers are the mint, "Yosemite, CA", and "$10."
Yosemite quarter dollar bags and rolls can 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). Each order will include the standard shipping fee of $4.95.
Featured on the reverse or tails side of the new quarter is an image of El Capitan, one of the most popular cliffs of granite at Yosemite National Park. The design was created by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna and sculpted by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions around the image include, "YOSEMITE," "CALIFORNIA," "2010" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
President George Washington still graces the obverse or heads side of all of these strikes. The portrait was designed by John Flanagan and has been on American quarters since 1932. These new coins have a restored and digitalized portrait. Inscriptions around the head include, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "QUARTER DOLLAR", the mint mark, and "IN GOD WE TRUST."
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program began earlier this year and is essentially an extension of the popular 50-State Quarters program that ended in 2008, followed by the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories quarter series in 2009. The new sequel honors national interest sites located throughout the country and the U.S. Territories.
In similar fashion, five new strikes will appear each year until the series finishes in 2021. The Yosemite National Park Quarter is the third coin in the program. The next two coins to come in 2010 will be Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. The series started with Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (See 2010 quarters ceremony locations.)