Mintages for 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters started smaller than the 2010 dated coins by several million. The United States Mint produced a total of 61,600,000 of the 2011 Glacier National Park Quarters between its facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. By comparison, the least minted 25-cent piece in 2010 was the Yellowstone National Park Quarter, which registered with a total of 68,400,000.
The Glacier Quarter, however, is not the lowest-minted. The US Mint struck 400,000 less of the 2011 Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter, with 61,200,000. So for now, the Gettysburg Quarter holds the record for most scarce in the series.
Broken out by mint facility, however, the 2011-P Glacier Quarter tied with the 2011-P Gettysburg Quarter for the lowest-minted circulating quarter-dollar since 1955. The Denver coins for each design exceeded the Philadelphia coins by 800,000.
Keep in mind, these production figures for the 2011 quarters are considered preliminary until the final numbers are revealed in 2012. Also, it is possible these numbers may change, if the Mint decides to produce more of an older design after a new design is launched. One reason to strike more would be to satisfy orders for the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Bulk Purchase Program.
Meeting collector demand for new quarters is not the Mint’s main objective. It must fulfill the needs of Federal Reserve Banks, who distribute circulating coinage according to commercial demand. According to the United State Mint’s Annual Report for 2010, which can be found on their website, coin orders from the Federal Reserve Banks were at 46-year lows in the first half of their fiscal year for 2010. It was not until the second half that demand began to increase. It is possible the Mint will have to manage a similar swing in coin volume during 2011, assuming the economy grows.
Below is a current chart of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters mintages as this writing.
|America the Beautiful Quarter Mintage Figures|
|Hot Springs National Park||April 2010||34,000,000||35,600,000||69,600,000|
|Yellowstone National Park||June 2010||34,800,000||33,600,000||68,400,000|
|Yosemite National Park||July 2010||34,800,000||35,200,000||70,000,000|
|Grand Canyon National Park||September 2010||35,400,000||34,800,000||70,200,000|
|Mount Hood National Forest||November 2010||34,400,000||34,400,000||68,800,000|
|Gettysburg National Military Park||January 2011||30,800,000||30,400,000||61,200,000|
|Glacier National Park||April 2011||31,200,000||30,400,000||61,600,000|
The Glacier National Park Quarter is the seventh design in the America the Beautiful Quarters series. Glacier coins hit the streets on April 4, 2011. The Mint also began selling 100-coin bags and two-roll sets on the same day. A ceremony was held a week later at the Columbia Falls High School, not far from an entrance to the national park.
The United States Mint and the National Park Service hosted the coin launch ceremony in the gymnasium in order to accommodate the large crowd. Approximately 1,000 people attended the event on April 13, which was followed by a coin exchange. Children in attendance from nearby elementary schools received a free Glacier quarter while adults traded cash for $10 rolls of the new coins. $16,000 in quarters was exchanged.
The next quarter design, honoring Olympic National Park in Washington, will launch around the middle of June 2011.