The United States Mint started selling bags and rolls of Yellowstone National Park Quarters on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The coins also began circulating through the banking system on the same day.
An official ceremonial release was held on June 3, 2010, near Old Faithful geyser in the national park.
The 2010 Yellowstone Quarter is the second release of the year and the second in the new US Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. The first was the 2010 Hot Springs quarter launch on April 19, 2010, with its ceremonial release held on the next day.
Pricing is unchanged. 100-Coin Quarter Bags (P) and 100-Coin Quarter Bags (D) are $35.95 each. The two-roll sets that include 40 coins from Denver and 40 coins from Philadelphia are $3 less and have a price tag of $32.95.
Yellowstone is located primarily in the state of Wyoming, but also extends into Montana and Idaho. It has the distinction of being America’s first national park. The coin features a reverse of Yellowstone’s Old Faithful geyser in the background with a mature bison in the foreground. It was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart. The obverse features a restored version of the familiar 1932 John Flanagan portrait of George Washington.
The bags and rolls went on sale at noon Eastern Time on June 1, and may be ordered from the United States Mint website (http://www.usmint.gov/) or its toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
The 25-cent pieces in the bags and rolls are circulation strikes, not proof or uncirculated versions minted specifically for collectors.
There are no order limits in place. The mintage levels for the quarters are not yet fixed as they are dictated by commercial demand. However, the bags and rolls have no set mintages, and are generally available for many months.
The America the Beautiful Quarters series will feature 56 issues between 2010 and 2021 at a rate of five per year until the final 2021 issue. The reverse designs will portray a national park or other national site that have already been selected in each state, territory and the District of Columbia.
The remaining three coins set for release in 2010 include quarters honoring Yosemite National Park in California, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.