Collectors looking to obtain Great Basin National Park Quarters can get them on June 10, 2013. That’s when the circulating-quality America the Beautiful Quarters honoring Great Basin National Park of Nevada will be released for use in commerce and available in several new products from the United States Mint.
Available options from the U.S. Mint include single rolls, two-roll sets, three-roll sets and bags. By offering the coins directly to the public, the U.S. Mint makes it easier for individuals to get them and in good quality. Finding quarters locally can be difficult since banking institutions are unable to order specific quarters by design or minting facility.
Great Basin quarters are issued as the third 2013-dated releases from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program and the eighteenth in the series overall. The program debuted in 2010 and features five new America the Beautiful Quarters annually until 2021, each honoring a different site of national interest on its reverse.
Designs on Great Basin National Park Quarters
Shown on reverses of Great Basin quarters is a design emblematic of the national park of Nevada.
"The reverse design depicts the beauty and unique qualities of a single Bristlecone Pine tree and the rocky glacial moraines where the trees grow," describes the U.S. Mint. "These trees grow at higher elevation in the park and are some of the world’s oldest. The park contains numerous Bristlecone Pine groves with trees older than 4,000 years."
Reverse inscriptions include GREAT BASIN, NEVADA, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The design was created by Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Renata Gordon.
Obverses on every America the Beautiful Quarter and related five ounce silver coin have a portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington. This image, by John Flanagan, has been featured on circulating quarter dollars since 1932, with some minor modifications. Obverse inscriptions read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
U.S. Mint Circulating-Quality Products with the Quarters
Circulating-quality quarters, such as those available in roll and bag products from the U.S. Mint, are generally struck for use in everyday commerce. These coins are typically issued through Federal Reserve Banks to be used for cash transactions by individuals. However, a portion of these Great Basin quarters are available to order directly from the U.S. Mint in single rolls of 40 coins, two-roll sets of 40 coins per roll, a three-roll set of 40 coins per roll and 100-coin bags.
The available products include quarter-dollars struck at one of three U.S. Mint facilities — Philadelphia (P), Denver (D) or San Francisco (S). The first two locations are responsible for producing all circulating coins of the United States. As such, Great Basin quarters from Philadelphia and Denver will eventually end up in pocket-change. The San Francisco Mint, however, only strikes circulating quarters for inclusion in special products for collectors so they will not be found in change.
2013 P, D & S Great Basin Quarters Three-Roll Sets
A three-roll set of Great Basin National Park Quarters is offered for $46.95. Each roll contains 40 circulation quality coins with one roll of strikes from Philadelphia, one from Denver and one from San Francisco.
Special black and white U.S. Mint wrapping is used on the rolls reading AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTERS PROGRAM, GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, the abbreviation NV for Nevada, $10, and P, D or S for the mint of origin.
2013 P&D Great Basin Quarters Two-Roll Sets
Two-roll sets are available with one roll from the Philadelphia Mint and one roll from the Denver Mint. Pricing of the two-roll set is $32.95.
Each roll contains 40 quarters. They are the same P & D rolls as used in the aforementioned three-roll sets.
2013-S Great Basin Quarters 40-Coin Rolls
40-coin rolls of Great Basin quarters struck in the San Francisco Mint are available for $18.95. As mentioned, these coins are produced in circulation quality at San Francisco for the sole purpose of being included in numismatic or collector products such as this.
San Francisco struck circulating-quality America the Beautiful Quarters made their debut in 2012 — two years after the series began.
2013 Great Basin Quarters 100-Coin Bags
Buyers also have the option of 100-coin bags of circulating-quality Great Basin National Park Quarters from Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco. These 100-coin bags are offered for $34.95.
Each canvas bag is imprinted with U.S. MINT, QUARTERS and $25.00. A label is attached which reads AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTERS PROGRAM and GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK and a P, D or S for the minting facility of production.
Where to Order the Rolls, Sets and Bags
Rolls, sets and bags of the quarters are available directly from the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Here is a link to the Mint’s page of products featuring only America the Beautiful Quarters.
A $4.95 shipping and handling fee applies to all domestic orders.
Past and Pending Releases of 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters
Great Basin quarters are the third of five 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters issued by the U.S. Mint. Preceding them were 2013 White Mountain quarters honoring the national forest in New Hampshire and the 2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial quarters honoring the memorial of Ohio.
Two more strikes will follow in the program this year. They are the coins honoring Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland and Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota.
The 2013-dated quarters represent the sixteenth through twentieth of the program.
2013 Great Basin Five Ounce Silver Coins
Larger versions of the America the Beautiful Quarters are also produced by the United States Mint from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches. This includes the Great Basin Silver Bullion Coin issued as part of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ program and the Great Basin Silver Uncirculated Coin released in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ Program.
These silver coins showcase the same basic designs as the quarters. The bullion coins debut on June 24, 2013 and are sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers. The uncirculated coins are sold directly to the public by the U.S. Mint. Its on-sale date is June 27, 2013.