The United States Mint on Monday started selling bags and rolls of the third coin in the new America the Beautiful Quarters™ series, the 2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter. The new 25-cent pieces were also released into circulation on the same day.
Their ceremonial launch will occur Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the park’s Valley Visitor’s Center, located in Yosemite Village Loop, Yosemite, California.
The U.S. Mint Yosemite park quarter products on sale include two-roll sets and 100-coin bags.
The two-roll sets contain 80 coins in total, with one roll filled with 40 quarters minted in Philadelphia and the other 40-coin roll from Denver. The rolls are not of the typical design local banks offer, but instead are, according to the Mint’s description:
"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 price per set is $32.95.
The 100-coin bags are available from either location. Each canvas bag has a tag denoting its mint of origin, “Yosemite,” “CA,” “$25” and is priced at $35.95.
There are not household or order limits in place for either product. There is a shipping and handling charge of $4.95 for an order.
The 2010 Yosemite National Park quarter reverse was designed by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. It 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.
The Hot Springs National Park Quarter and the Yellowstone National Park Quarter were released earlier this year. Two other quarter-dollars — the Grand Canyon National Park Quarter for Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest Quarter for Oregon — will launch later in 2010.
The bags and rolls may be ordered from the United States Mint website (http://www.usmint.gov/) or its toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).