The United States Mint on Monday officially announced that it would sell bags and rolls of 2010 Yosemite National Park Quarters beginning July 26, 2010, at noon Eastern Time.
The coins are the third release under the new America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program which will feature 56 differing reverse quarter-dollar designs at a rate of five each year until 2021.
Available U.S. Mint Yosemite quarter offerings will include two-roll sets for a price of $32.95 each and 100-coin bags priced slightly more at $35.95 each.
"The two-roll sets contain one roll each of 40 coins bearing the P and D mint marks, wrapped in distinctive packaging displaying the name Yosemite, the abbreviation CA for California, the mint of origin and $10, the face value of its contents," the Mint describes. "The canvas 100-coin bags bear tags denoting their mint of origin, Yosemite, CA and $25, the total value of their contents."
The Yosemite National Park quarter ceremonial release will occur three days later, July 29, 2010, at the park itself (see 2010 quarter ceremony dates). It is here were the U.S. Mint will join with the National Park Service in unveiling and releasing the quarter to the public — handing out one to children 18 years and younger while offering cash swaps for the quarters in a coin exchange for everyone else.
The 25-cent pieces will actually begin circulating through Federal Reserve Banks on the day the Mint launches the bags and rolls, which contain the same circulation strike coins.
The Yosemite quarter’s reverse, designed by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, depicts El Capitan which is located on the north side of Yosemite Valley and is opposite Bridalveil Fall. El Capitan is the largest granite monolith in the world, rising more more than 3,000 feet (910 meters) from the Valley floor. Inscriptions on the coin include YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
For more information on Yosemite National Park, visit its NPS.gov site.
When available, the products 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 remaining two coins set for release in 2010 include quarters honoring the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.