United States Mint bags and rolls of the 2011 Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter were released today at noon ET. The design on the reverse of the coin honors the national park which is in Pennsylvania.
The Gettysburg quarter two-roll set is $39.95. One roll contains 40 quarter-dollars minted in Philadelphia, and the other is filled with 40 strikes from Denver — both facilities are responsible for producing America’s circulating change. The face value of the two rolls comes in at $20, marking a $19.95 premium for the set. Last year’s rolls are still available for a price of $32.95.
The US Mint is also offering bags filled with 100 of the coins from either facility. The Gettysburg quarter bags are priced at $49.95 each, representing a premium of $24.95 above the face value of the 100 coins. Last year’s bags are also still available for $35.95.
The Gettysburg Quarter is the first 25-cent piece issued this year, and the sixth in the America the Beautiful Quarters® series which was introduced in 2010. A total of fifty-six coins will be issued under the program which is slated to run until 2021. The coins in the series honor a different site of national interest from around the country such as national parks and national forests. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories.
Gettysburg Quarter Circulation Release and Ceremony
Gettysburg National Military Park Quarters were released into general circulation on Monday. Federal Reserve Banks will issue them as needed to fulfill transactional demand throughout the country. The US Mint held a formal release ceremony for the quarter-dollars on Tuesday.
"The America the Beautiful Quarters Program connects America to our national parks, forests, fish and wildlife refuges, and other national sites," US Mint Associate Director for Sales and Marketing B. B. Craig said at the launch ceremony. "The Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter commemorates the pivotal battle fought here in the American Civil War, and it recognizes Gettysburg’s special place among our revered and protected national treasures."
Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter Designs
On the reverse or tails side of the coin is a depiction of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument that is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions include GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The obverse or heads side of the coin contains a portrait of George Washington that is on all the America the Beautiful Quarters. John Flanagan designed the original image for use on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
US Mint Products with Gettysburg Quarters
In addition to the bags and rolls, the quarters are and will be available in several collector related products, including:
- 2011 Proof Set (already issued)
- 2011 Silver Proof Set (already issued)
- Uncirculated 2011 Mint Set (February 8th)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (March 22)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (March 29)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set (April 19)
- 2011 Gettysburg National Park Quarter Three-Coin Set (July 27)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set (November 22)
There will also be five-ounce silver coins released this year which feature the same designs as seen on the quarters. They include the investor-grade Gettysburg National Park Silver Bullion Coin and the collector Gettysburg National Park Silver Uncirculated Coin. The US Mint has not announced when these .999 fine silver, 3.0-inch diameter coins will be issued.
Gettysburg National Military Park Quarters in bags and rolls and other related products may be ordered from the United States Mint website (http://www.usmint.gov/), or its toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Forthcoming America the Beautiful Quarters for release this year include Montana’s Glacier National Park, Washington’s Olympic National Park, Mississippi’s Vicksburg National Military Park, and Oklahoma’s Chickasaw National Recreation Area. (See all the 2011 quarter images.)