The United States Mint on Thursday announced that it will ceremoniously launch the 2010 Mount Hood National Forest Quarter on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.
The World Forestry Center is located 10 minutes from downtown Portland, at 4033 SW Canyon Road. It is conveniently across the street from the Washington Park MAX Light Rail Station (on the Blue and Red Lines) and near the Oregon Zoo. The center boasts a picture-perfect view of Mt. Hood on a clear day from the second-floor of its Discovery Museum on its 5.5 acre campus.
The ceremony will begin at 10:30 A.M. Pacific Time (PT), and attending children 18 years old and under will receive the new quarter for free. Typically, coin release ceremonies last under an hour and the coin exchange immediately follows. The Mint said $10 rolls of Mount Hood quarters will be offered for face value, but no indication was given for how many rolls may be purchased.
The United States Mint will also hold a public Coin Forum Tuesday evening, November 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PT) at Cheatham Hall on the World Forestry Center campus. This forum will give collectors an opportunity to meet and speak with United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart. Typically, current and future national coinage is discussed.
The Mount Hood National Forest Quarter is the fifth and final 2010 coin to be released in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. The series includes five coins annually through 2021 and will feature a total of 56 reverse designs depicting National Parks and other National Sites in each state, D.C. and the U.S. Territories.
Bags and rolls of the Mount Hood quarters will be offered for sale from the U.S. Mint on Monday, November 15, at noon ET. This is also the day the quarters will begin to enter circulation through the Federal Reserve Bank system.
Two rolls sets of the specially Mint wrapped Mount Hood quarters go for $32.95. One roll includes 40 coins with the Philadelphia “P” mint mark and the other roll includes 40 coins with the Denver “D” mint mark. The Mint’s web site is http://www.usmint.gov/ or call 1-800-USA-MINT.
The 100-coin bags of the quarters are $35.95, with the choice of Philadelphia or Denver strikes.