At last, the release of 2012 Denali National Park Quarters occurs on Monday, November 5, 2012. The occasion marks the fifth and final 2012-dated quarter and honors the park and preserve located in Alaska.
Overall, the debut of the Denali quarters are the fifteenth in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
While the official release into circulation via the Federal Reserve Bank System is Monday, it could take some time to see the quarters at local banks and in daily commerce. That is just one reason the United States Mint offers a variety of Denali National Park Quarters on the same day in various products.
Rolls and bags of circulating quality Denali quarters from U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver — those responsible for producing U.S. circulating coins, as well as those struck in San Francisco for collectors, are for sale at noon on November 5.
Designs Seen on Denali National Park Quarters
A design emblematic of the national park and preserve is shown on the reverse of the Denali National Park Quarter. It showcases a Dall sheep in the foreground and the famous Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, behind it. Surrounding the image are the inscriptions, DENALI, ALASKA, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The scene was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Jim Licaretz.
A common obverse of George Washington, the first President of the United States, is featured on all America the Beautiful related coins. The portrait is a digitally enhanced recreation of the model that John Flanagan made for use on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar, and it has remained there ever since. Its inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
2012 Denali National Park 100-Coin Bags
Buyers have the choice of 100-coin bags from Philadelphia, Denver, or San Francisco. Each bag has the same price of $34.95.
The bags themselves are made of durable canvas and have U.S. MINT, QUARTERS and $25.00 imprinted on them. A label in the corner indicates their city of origin with a P, D or S. Also on the label is 2012, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTERS PROGRAM and DENALI NATIONAL PARK.
2012 P&D Denali National Park Two-Roll Set
Two-roll sets are popular with collectors, as they contain one roll of 40 Denali National Park Quarters struck at the Philadelphia facility and one roll of 40 more that are struck at the Denver facility. Its price tag is $32.95.
Special black and white U.S. Mint wrapping displays AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTERS PROGRAM, DENALI NATIONAL PARK, the abbreviation AK for Alaska, $10, and the P or D abbreviation for the mint of origin.
2012-S Denali National Park 40-Coin Roll
The only way to obtain San Francisco minted circulating quality Denali National Park Quarters in a 40-coin roll is to buy them directly from the U.S. Mint for $18.95, or else wait until people resell them in the secondary market. They will not be distributed via banks like their Philadelphia and Denver counterparts, and thus they are desirable for collectors.
Their labeling is similar to the rolls described above with the exception of the S designation for their origin of San Francisco. They are also simply sold as individual rolls and are not part of any two-roll sets.
Where to Order the Rolls and Bags
Upon their release, bags, rolls or sets may be ordered directly from the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). A $4.95 shipping and handling fee applies to all domestic orders.
Previous 2012 America the Beautiful Quarter Releases
As mentioned earlier, the Denali quarter is the fifth for 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters. Previous coins issued under the program contained reverse designs emblematic of the following national sites:
- El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico
- Acadia National Park in Maine, and
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted in 2010, and five coins are issued annually. Each features a unique reverse design honoring a different site of national interest from around the United States and its territories. The program will end in 2021.
Five Ounce Denali National Park Silver Coin
Also on Monday at noon, U.S. Mint sales will begin for the Denali National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. With an opening price of $229.95, the silver uncirculated coin is a collector piece that bears the exact same designs as the quarters. But these coins are instead struck from 99.9% fine silver to a weight of five ounces and a diameter of three inches.