The United States Mint began selling bags and rolls of 2011 Glacier National Park Quarters at noon Eastern Time today, April 4, 2011. The reverse design on the quarters honor the national park located in the state of Montana.
The Glacier Quarter is the second of five 25-cent pieces for issue in 2011, and the seventh in the America the Beautiful Quarters® series which debuted in 2010. A total of fifty-six coins will be released through the program which is slated to run until at least 2021. The quaters 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 DC and the five US territories.
The Glacier quarter two-roll set is $39.95. One roll contains 40 quarters minted in Philadelphia, and the other is filled with 40 strikes from Denver — both facilities are responsible for producing America’s circulating coinage. The face value of the two rolls totals $20, marking a $19.95 premium for the set.
The US Mint is also selling 100-coin bags from either facility. The Glacier quarter bags are priced at $49.95 each, representing a premium of $24.95 above the face value of the 100 coins.
Glacier Quarter Circulation Release and Ceremony
Glacier National Park Quarters were also released into circulation today. Federal Reserve Banks will issue them when ordered by local banks throughout the U.S. and as needed to fulfill transactional needs. The formal release ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1:00 PM MT on April 13, 2011 at Columbia Falls High School. The school is located at 610 13th Street West in Columbia Falls, Montana.
Children in attendance will receive one free quarter while adults may exchange cash for rolls of the coins.
A coin forum open to the public will also be conducted by the US Mint on the evening prior to the Glacier quarter ceremony. That will be held at 5:00 PM MT on April 12, 2011 at Glacier National Park Community Building at park headquarters in West Glacier, Montana. Coin forums offer the opportunity to ask questions about the US Mint and American coinage, as well as learn about forthcoming US Mint products.
Glacier National Park Quarter Designs
On the reverse or tails side of the coin is a depiction of a classic view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds towering in the distance, while a mountain goat clamors over the rocky slopes of the park’s high country.
It was designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers. Inscriptions include GLACIER, MONTANA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The obverse or heads side of all the America the Beautiful Quarters contain a portrait of George Washington. 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 Glacier Quarters
In addition to the bags and rolls, the quarters are and will be available in several collector related products, including:
- 2011 Proof Set (issued)
- 2011 Silver Proof Set (issued)
- Uncirculated 2011 Mint Set (issued)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (issued)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (issued)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set (April 19)
- 2011 Glacier National Park Quarter Three-Coin Set (July 27)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set (November 22)
There will also be five-ounce America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ released this year which feature the same designs as seen on the quarters. They include the investor-grade Glacier National Park Silver Bullion Coin and the collector Glacier National Park Silver Uncirculated Coin. The US Mint has not announced when these .999 fine silver, 3.0-inch diameter coins will be issued.
Glacier National Park Quarters in bags and rolls and 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 Washington’s Olympic National Park, Mississippi’s Vicksburg National Military Park, and Oklahoma’s Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The first Gettysburg quarter was made available on January 27. It honors Gettysburg National Military Park located in Pennsylvania.