At noon ET today, Nov. 30, the United States Mint started taking orders for rolls and bags of America the Beautiful Quarters commemorating Saratoga National Historical Park in New York. This quarter features the last of the five designs for 2015 and marks the 30th overall in the series.
While Saratoga quarters launched into circulation on Nov. 16 and were ceremoniously introduced to the public on Nov. 17, many will buy them directly from the U.S. Mint. There’s a lot of chance and time involved in finding them elsewhere. Local banks cannot order quarters by design or from a specific minting facility, so there’s no telling how long it’ll take for new ones to show up in change.
Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter Design
Before the image for the Saratoga quarter was selected, ten candidate designs went under review. All of them offered scenes emblematic of the site during the American Revolutionary War.
Designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the winning reverse or tails side design shows a close-up of the moment General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword to General Horatio Gates, a turning point many believe marked the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War. Inscriptions around the design are BRITISH SURRENDER 1777, SARATOGA, NEW YORK, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
America the Beautiful Quarters share obverse (heads side) designs of John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington. Surrounding inscriptions read, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
Obverses also bear a mint mark of ‘P’, ‘D’ or ‘S’ to notate their production in either Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco.
Quarters commemorating New York’s Saratoga National Historical Park are available in products that include 40-coin rolls and 100-coin bags with options of where they were made.
There are single rolls from the San Francisco Mint, a two-roll set from the Denver and Philadelphia Mints, and a set of three rolls with one from each plant. 100-coin bags are also available individually from the three locations. Here are the products and prices:
|Quarter Product||US Mint Striking Facility||Price|
|40-coin rolls||San Francisco||$18.95|
|Two-roll sets||40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver coins||$32.95|
|Three-roll sets||San Francisco, Philadelphia, & Denver||$46.95|
|100-coin bags||San Francisco||$34.95|
The quarters produced in Denver and Philadelphia will eventually make their way into change. That is not the case for those made in San Francisco. San Francisco quarters are minted only for coin collectors and the U.S. Mint is the single originating source to get them.
Saratoga quarters are available from the U.S. Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov. Here’s a link to the Mint’s quarter products. Call in orders using 1-800- USA-MINT (872-6468).
America the Beautiful Quarters
The U.S. Mint in 2010 introduced the first coin from its series of America the Beautiful Quarters, and has issued five quarters every year since then.
Quarters that were released earlier this year honor Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.
The series is scheduled to end in 2021 after a quarter has been issued to commemorate a national site in all 50 states, including D.C. and the five U.S. territories. Next year’s quarters honor sites in Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Dakota and South Carolina.