Starting the month of April for United States Mint product launches will be the release of bags and rolls of Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters. The coins officially enter circulation through Federal Reserve banking channels on Monday, April 2, 2012, and the U.S. Mint will offer two-roll sets and 100-coin bags of the quarters on the same day beginning at 12:00 noon ET.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters are the second of five 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters and the 12th overall in the ATB series which debuted in 2010. The coin, as the name implies, honors Chaco Culture National Historical Park which is located in the state of New Mexico.
The quarter’s reverse design reflects a view to the west of two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex. The design shows the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. Inscriptions on the reverse include CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The designer was Donna Weaver and the sculptor was Phebe Hemphill.
Prices for bags and rolls of quarters released this year are less expensive than past years. 100-coin bags may be purchased for $34.95, which is down $15 from 2010 and 2011-dated bags. The bags are filled with 100 Chaco Culture quarters minted from either Philadelphia or Denver — buyer’s choice. The canvas bags are tagged with "Chaco Culture National Historical Park," "NM" and "P" or "D."
The two-roll sets include one roll of 40 quarters from the Philadelphia Mint and another roll of 40 quarters from the Denver Mint. U.S. Mint wrapping displayed on each of the rolls has "Chaco Culture National Historical Park," the abbreviation "NM" for New Mexico, "$10," for the face value of its contents, and "P" or "D" for the U.S. Mint of origin. The rolls are priced at $32.95, which is $7 cheaper than previous rolls.
The bags and rolls may be purchased directly from the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Upcoming quarter designs in 2012 will honor Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park in Alaska. The first quarter released in 2012 celebrated El Yunque National Forest located in Puerto Rico.