San Antonio Missions Quarter Ceremony, Coin Exchange and Public Forum

by Rhonda Kay on August 23, 2019 · 8 comments

The United States Mint and the National Park Service will officially introduce the quarter honoring San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas on Thursday, Sept. 5.

2019 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter

Designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter for Texas depicts elements of the Spanish Colonial Real coin to pay tribute to the missions. Within the quadrants are symbols of the missions: wheat symbolizes farming; the arches and bell symbolize community; a lion represents Spanish cultural heritage; and a symbol of the San Antonio River signifies irrigation methods and life-sustaining resources. The coin marks the fourth release this year and the forty-ninth in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter® Program.

Like past ceremonies, there will be a coin forum held on the evening before the launch ceremony and a coin exchange immediately after it.

San Antonio Missions quarters enter circulation on Monday, Aug. 26. It can, however, take months or years before they appear in regular commerce across every state, since Federal Reserve Banks distribute coins to financial institutions without regard to their designs. Hence, the quarter ceremony is a premium occasion to get the fourth of five 2019-dated quarters. The U.S. Mint offers another method, by selling them in rolls and bags at www. usmint.gov.

San Antonio Missions Quarter Launch Ceremony – Time and Location

Quarter ceremonies are special occasions for locals, coin collectors, and children. Attendees will hear historical background about the missions, local entertainers will perform, and official dignitaries will unveil the new coin and give a free one to school-aged children.

The quarter ceremony’s time and location details follow.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. CT
Location:
Laurie Auditorium
Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212

The following map shows the site’s location:

 

Coin Exchange

The coin exchange begins immediately after the quarter ceremony, in the same location. Participants can swap cash for $10 rolls of the new coins. A one-roll ($10) minimum and a 10-roll ($100) maximum is common.

Coin Forum Evening Prior to Quarter Ceremony

The United States Mint will also host a coin forum for the public on the evening before the ceremony. This free event provides valuable insight about the role of U.S. Mint, and it allows guests to express their views on the Mint’s products. Coin forums tend to last under an hour.

Here are the coin forum’s time and location details:

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CT
Location:
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Visitor Center
6701 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214

The following map shows the location of the park’s visitor center:

 

U.S. Mint-Branded Rolls and Bags of Quarters & Other Quarter Collectibles

On Monday, Aug. 26, starting at noon EST, the U.S. Mint will begin selling San Antonio Missions quarters to the public. Product options include 40-coin rolls, 2-roll sets, 3-roll sets, and 100-coin bags at prices ranging from $18.95 to $46.95. They will be available for order online at catalog.usmint.gov. These product releases will also be covered here on CoinNews.

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Unusual design for the ATB series – I like it

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Rhonda Kay Unser –

You forgot to mention that the Mint will be sending “P” Mint mark coins from Philadelphia (which serves states East of the Mississippi River for circulating coins) to this coin exchange in San Antonio, which is served by the Denver Mint for its circulating coins (all states West of the Mississippi River). An unusual situation for this special San Antonio, Texas event.

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Which bank is doing the release at the ceremony? Someone in TX got rolls from Wells Fargo in advance of this ceremony. I might have read that on the coin update.com. If Wells Fargo isn’t the release bank, then someone at the Denver (or Phil) Mint goofed and distributed them by mistake. I should have looked to see whether what was released to the restaurant guy happened to be Philly or Denver. I’m trying to figure out who goofed: the Mint or Wells Fargo. I kind of don’t think it was a conspiracy!!!

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Correcting myself. The accidental release was before the Mint began selling the quarters August 26, not the ceremony.

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Frost Bank of San Antonio, Texas (one of the oldest banks in the state) is conducting the ATB quarters rolls exchange with “P” Mint mark coins according to the Mint Director. Frost Bank has a large old Frost family numismatic collection which is partially on public display in its lobby in its downtown San Antonio, Texas headquarters, including a very rare copper jola of New Spain (Texas).

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Thank you to Seth Riesling for mentioning the name of the release bank for the San Antonio quarter 2019. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to travel to San Antonio but the Frost Bank collection sounds interesting. Alas. With respect to the accidental release of the business strike San Antonio quarter to a restauranteur in TX, someone in the Mint must have goofed because Wells Fargo is not the release bank. Mistakes happen!

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Seth Riesling

See you all at both of these coin events down in San Antonio on Wednesday & Thursday!

Happy collecting everyone!

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I found a San Antonio Missions quarter with “P” Mint mark in fantastic condition in one of 10 rolls I picked up at my credit union this morning in Austin, Texas just 9 days after release & Austin gets its circulating coins from the Denver Mint with the “D” Mint mark. Very strange for sure!

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