The United States Mint today announced that it will join National Park Service officials on Tuesday, April 20, to ceremoniously launch the 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter. The 20th is a special day for the park, as it will be its 178th anniversary.
The ceremony will be in the administration building of the Hot Springs National Park beginning at 10 AM CT. Typical coin release ceremonies last under an hour, with a coin exchange that immediately follows.
Children 18 and under receive a new coin for free, while adults can exchange cash for bank rolls of the coins. The Mint has said $10 rolls will be offered for face value, but has not indicated how many rolls attendees may purchase.
Bags and rolls of the quarters will actually be available for direct U.S. Mint purchase on the prior day, April 19. This is the day the quarters will begin to enter circulation through the banking system.
For $32.95, anyone at noon ET on the 19th can visit the Mint Web site at http://www.usmint.gov/ (or call 1-800-USA-MINT) to purchase specially wrapped Mint two-roll sets of Hot Spring quarters. One roll includes 40 coins with the Philadelphia "P" mint mark and the other roll includes 40 coins with the Denver "D" mint mark.
For $35.95, it is possible to buy 100-coin bags of the quarters minted in either Philadelphia or Denver.
The 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter is the first coin to be released in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. The program extends to 2021 and will feature 56 reverse designs honoring National Parks and other National Sites in each state, D.C. and U.S. Territories.
Also on the 19th and during the early evening, U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy will host a public coin forum. It will begin at 5 PM CT and will be held at the:
Quapaw Bath House
413 Bathhouse Row
Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71901
According to the Mint, the forum is an "an opportunity for the public to express their views about future coinage, and to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives." Typical forums last around one hour.