The United States Mint will launch in a ceremony the second coin in their America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program — Wyoming’s Yellowstone quarter, behind Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn on June 3, 2010. The event will start at 10:30 AM Mountain Time.
Following the ceremony, the public can get their hands on the new 25 cent piece. United States Mint Director Edmund Moy will circle the crowd looking for kids 18 years and under to hand out the new coins.Everyone else can stand in line to exchange paper money for $10 quarter rolls of the coins until they run out — usually there is an initial limit, but many times it is possible to pass through the line more than once.
The rolls will contain circulation quality strikes from the Denver Mint. Plus, attendees can have their $10 rolls and event programs canceled by the US Postal Service with a circular date or pictorial stamp.
For those who cannot attend the ceremony but still want Yellowstone quarters, the United States Mint will begin selling them in bags and two-roll sets on June 1. A 100-coin bag will cost $35.95 and the two roll set, consisting of 40 coins minted in Denver and 40 more minted in Philadelphia, will cost $32.95.
The Yellowstone National Park Quarter sports a reverse design (tails side) with the famous Old Faithful geyser erupting and the American Bison. Inscriptions include YELLOWSTONE, WYOMING, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The obverse (heads side) of the coin features a restored version of the 1932 John Flanagan portrait of President George Washington.
Of course, since the park quarter-dollars will launch into general circulation on the same day as the rolls are issued, one could always wait until they surface in banks and in pocket change. However, getting the coins this way can sometimes be difficult, if not impossible, in certain parts of the country — especially finding them in quantity and from both Mint facilities.
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program celebrates the natural splendor of famous American sites and landscapes. Each year until 2021, the Mint will produce five new quarters that feature a national park or national site for every state and U.S. Territory, and the District of Columbia.
The Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park quarter was the first quarter in the new series, and it was released into circulation on April 19, 2010. Its ceremonial launch occurred one day later. Three more designs will follow Yellowstone’s National Park quarter this year. They will be California’s Yosemite National Park, Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, and Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest.
In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was America’s first official National Park. Today, over three million people visit the park annually. The park is well-known for their active geysers and large variety of wildlife. Many choose to sleep inside the park in one of the many accommodations that range from rustic cabins to luxury suites. The park also hosts five public campsites.