The ceremony for Arizona’s 2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter will occur on Tuesday, September 21, at 1:30 PM Mountain Time on the park’s South Rim, between the Hopi House and Verkamps Visitor Center.
United States Mint coin releases typically draw large crowds, so those planning to attend are advised to arrive early and utilize the park’s free shuttle service from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center or the Backcountry Information Center’s parking lot, because parking near the ceremony is very limited.
A bonus for witnessing the ceremony in person will be the opportunity to exchange cash for $10 rolls of the Grand Canyon National Park Quarters immediately after the ceremony concludes. Collectors who attend and obtain these rolls usually visit the nearest Post Office to get them stamped and postmarked, which makes them more valuable.
Also following the ceremony, U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy will hand out a free quarter to children in attendance aged 18 years or younger.
The Grand Canyon quarter will actually be released into circulation through Federal Reserve Bank on Monday, September 20. Also on that day, the Mint will offer bags and rolls of the coins starting at noon ET through their website (http://www.usmint.gov). Later that evening, the Mint is inviting the public to a Collectors Forum. The forum is a unique opportunity to speak directly to Mint Director Ed Moy. The exact time and location will be announced as the date gets closer. In the past, the forums have lasted about an hour. Director Moy usually spends the first five minutes explaining the Mint’s purpose, then he opens the floor up for discussion. The most common questions pertain to future coinage or distribution of current coins.
The 2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter is the fourth of five America the Beautiful Quarters™ issued this year. The series celebrates a U.S. national park or site in each state and U.S. territory. It will take until 2021 to complete.
Earlier this year, the Hot Springs National Park Quarter launched on April 19, and the Yellowstone National Park Quarter was released into circulation on June 1. Yosemite National Park Quarter was most recently launched on July 26. After the Grand Canyon’s commencement, the fifth and final coin for 2010 will be the Mount Hood National Forest Quarter, which is coming November 15.
Another series celebrating the nation’s landscapes is the “America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program.” It is expected to start sometime this fall. Theses 5 oz silver coins will be composes of .999 silver, and each will duplicate the designs of the new quarters. The silver coins’ diameter will be 3 inches.