The United States Mint will release the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set today, November 19, at noon ET.
It will be the sixth annual product available from the US Mint to contain versions of all five of the debuting 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters®.
Contained in each circulating coin set are ten coins, with two examples each of the five 2010 strikes. This includes quarters honoring Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mound Hood National Forest in Oregon.
The 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set is listed for $9.95, plus the Mint’s standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order.
“This ten-coin set contains the first five America the Beautiful Quarters® coins in circulating quality-one of each quarter from the United States Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver,” describes the US Mint. “The packaging allows the coins to be easily removed and placed into albums or other numismatic accessories.”
Each set features packaging that reflects the Mint’s new marketing style and logo.
The sets may be ordered from the United States Mint website (http://catalog.usmint.gov/), or its toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Buyers should be aware that the Mint is expecting heavy traffic when the circulating coin set goes on sale. Not due to its release, but because the 2010 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin will launch at the same time. The annual coin is a favorite among collectors, and more sought after this year as the 2009 version was canceled.
The Mint announced back in May 2010 that it would offer three sets featuring the new quarters, including the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set. The Hot Springs Quarter Three-Coin Set went on sale Wednesday, and the America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set launches on Monday.
For a brief overview of each, read about the new sets.
2010 America the Beautiful Quarter Designs
The 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set features coinage with reverse designs emblematic of each honored site.
The designs are briefly described below:
Hot Springs Circulating Quarter — designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart and sculpted by Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna, the reverse shows the facade and thermal fountain in front of the Hot Springs National Park Headquarters Building
Yellowstone Circulating Quarter — designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, the coin reverse depicts the iconic Old Faithful Geyser and a mature bison in the foreground
Yosemite Circulating Quarter — designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the reverse shows the massive granite monolith El Capitan found within the park
Grand Canyon Circulating Quarter — designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the reverse features a view of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River
Mount Hood Circulating Quarter — designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the reverse contains an image of Mount Hood in the background with Lost Lake shown in the foreground
The reverses also include inscriptions indicating the name of the honored site, the state where it is located, the year of issue and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Each of the coins bears an image of George Washington on their obverse. The portrait of the first President of the United States was initially used on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and was designed by John Flanagan. The obverse also contains the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
A total of fifty-six new quarters will be included as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program when it is completed in 2021. One site of national interest was selected from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories with their release order for the coins dictated by when each came under direct federal control. (See the quarter release schedule.)