This week the United States Mint published the opening sales figures for Yosemite National Park Quarters, and with a new month beginning it also released new coin production figures that provided the preliminary 2010-P Yosemite quarter and 2010-D Yosemite quarter mintages.
Bags and rolls of the third coin released in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program were launched on Monday, July 26 — the Yosemite quarter ceremonial release occurred on Thursday, July 29. Their opening sales show that collectors purchased just over 2.7 million quarter-dollars between Monday and Sunday.
That is near the level of the prior Yellowstone product debuting numbers and about 377,000 shy of the first Hot Springs sales figures. Yellowstone figures are handicapped slightly as the rolls and bags were released on a Tuesday, giving one day less of availability.
|America the Beautiful Quarter Bags / Rolls Opening Sales|
|Opening Sales||Latest Sales*|
|Yosemite Quarters||100-coin bag (P)||4,275||4,275|
|100-coin bag (D)||4,187||4,187|
|Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D)||23,416||23,416|
|Yellowstone Quarters||100-coin bag (P)||4,447||6,555|
|100-coin bag (D)||4,392||6,996|
|Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D)||23,273||33,751|
|Hot Springs Quarters||100-coin bag (P)||5,268||8,414|
|100-coin bag (D)||4,915||7,783|
|Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D)||25,983||40,668|
|*Sales figures are as of Sunday, August 1, 2010|
Each of the 2010 releases have opened stronger than the bags and rolls of the Northern Mariana Islands Quarters — the final quarter products of 2009. Those came in at 4,160; 4,069 and 18,817.
The Mint is offering the bags for $35.95 each. The two-roll sets include 40 coins from Denver and 40 coins from Philadelphia and are $32.95. The 25-cent pieces in the bags and rolls are circulation strikes, not proof or uncirculated versions minted specifically for collectors. However, the rolls are special Mint-wrapped, as compared to the more generic wrapped rolls given out by banks, making them a touch more appealing to coin collectors.
Visit the U.S. Mint product page for more information on its available bags and rolls offerings.
Yosemite National Park Quarter Mintages
Hot Springs quarters remain the scarcest of any quarter-dollar in the last several decades. The new Yosemite coins now have the highest combined mintages of the America the Beautiful Quarters.
|America the Beautiful Quarters Production Figures|
|2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarters||29,000,000||30,600,000||59,600,000|
|2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarters||34,800,000||33,600,000||68,400,000|
|2010 Yosemite National Park Quarters||34,800,000||35,200,000||70,000,000|
However, the above mintages are indicated as preliminary by the U.S. Mint, with final "numbers issued in January 2011." Since the Mint implemented its new service in June to offer businesses quarters in bulk, there is the possibility that it could warm up the presses and restrike quarters produced earlier in the year. The following Mint FAQ question and answer on its bulk purchase program explains:
Question: Can I order previously released coins once the United States Mint has stopped shipping that specific design to the Federal Reserve Bank?
Answer: Orders for previously released coins will be accepted as long as unassigned inventory exists. The United States Mint may produce additional coins to satisfy orders throughout the year for the first few designs if time and resources permit; however, there is no guarantee, and orders may be refused. As the end of the calendar year approaches, flexibility in supplying previously released quarters diminishes. Additionally, Federal Reserve Bank orders will take precedence over the bulk purchase orders, which may affect the United States Mint’s ability to fill new orders for previously released coins.
The Grand Canyon National Park Quarter for Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest Quarter for Oregon will be released later in 2010.