The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set for Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas will be released on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at noon ET. The set will be offered online at www.usmint.gov/catalog and by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) for a price of $13.95, plus a shipping and handling fee.
The Hot Springs National Park Quarter Three-Coin Set marks the first of five similar 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Sets. The US Mint announced, however, that the Hot Springs Set will be the only Three-Coin Set this year and the other four will be released in 2011. Those will include quarter-dollar sets for Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Mount Hood National Forest.
"This set contains two uncirculated quality Hot Springs National Park quarters-one each from the United States Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver-and one proof quality coin from the United States Mint at San Francisco," according to the Mint. "The coins are mounted on a durable plastic card and include a brief description of the site and the coin design, as well as a Certificate of Authenticity on the back."
Hot Springs National Park Quarters were inserted into public circulation on April 19, 2010. Then, the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set was added to the United States Mint Online Subscription Program on May 19, 2010 without an actual release date. The Mint’s subscription program works much like a magazine subscription. Collectors who signed up for the Three-Coin Set subscription will have their orders shipped automatically, while collectors who "manually" order the Hot Springs Three-Coin Set will have to visit the Mint website, or place a call when they are officially released Wednesday.
Other America the Beautiful Quarters Sets launching this month will be the America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set and the America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set. The Mint is already selling 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets and 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Sets.
Coincidentally, Wednesday’s Hot Springs Three-Coin Set release occurs shortly before the U.S. Mint ceremoniously launches the Mount Hood National Forest Quarter from the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.
The reverse of the Hot Springs quarter features an image of the park’s headquarters building with a fountain in the foreground. Shown on the right side of the headquarter’s door is the National Park Service (NPS) emblem. The design was created by Don Everhart and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Inscriptions include HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The obverse contains a familiar portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which has been restored to better match Flanagan’s original model. Washington has graced the obverse of the quarter-dollar since 1932. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
Eventually, fifty-six coins will be issued under the complete America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which runs through 2021. Each coins in the series will honor a different national site, one for each state, plus the District of Columbia and the five US territories. The chosen national sites include national parks, forests, monuments, and so forth.