Dates and times remain the same but the location has changed for the Mount Rushmore quarter launch ceremony and the following coin exchange.
Free and open to the public, the November 6, 2013, ceremony for this year’s last America the Beautiful Quarter will be held at:
National Guard Armory
527 Montgomery Street
Custer, SD 57730
This event will kick-off at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time and take about 30-40 minutes. Invited guests include Governor Dennis Daugaard and U.S. Representative Kristi Noem. Attending officials include U.S. Mint Acting Associate Director of Manufacturing David Croft, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent Cheryl A Schreier and Custer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Ressler.
Immediately after the ceremony, children in attendance will receive one of the new 2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarters for free while everyone else can swap cash for $10 rolls of the coins.
For those not able to attend the ceremony, which was originally planned to happen at Custer High School, the U.S. Mint at www.usmint.gov/catalog will begin selling bags and rolls of Mount Rushmore quarters on November 4, 2013 at noon Eastern Time.
As a reminder, collectors and other enthusiasts are invited to attend a free coin forum hosted by the United States Mint. This event is scheduled for the evening prior to the ceremony, November 5, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Carver’s Cafe
13000 Hwy. 244
Keystone, SD 57751
Coin forums tend to last for about an hour with variations depending on the scope of questions presented to Mint officials.
Featured on the reverse (tails side) of the 2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter is Joseph Menna’s design of the national site as it would have appeared prior to its completion. Inspired by photos of men who added the final details to Thomas Jefferson’s face, Menna’s design offers a unique and educational perspective on how Mount Rushmore was created and sculpted.
2006 was the last time Mount Rushmore was depicted on a quarter. This 40th coin in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program featured John Mercanti’s scene showing South Dakota’s State bird, the Chinese ring-necked pheasant; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and a pair of Wheat Heads.
To keep current or catch-up on the series, visit this site’s section about America the Beautiful Quarters. This coin news article will also get updated if more information about the ceremony becomes available.