I have tracked down some specific release dates for the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters. Until now, the US Mint has only provided a release schedule by month, except for the first coin of the series featuring Hot Springs National Park, which will be released later this month.
The new series featuring National Parks and National Sites from each state, U.S. Territory, and the District of Columbia will get off to somewhat of a slow start. Other circulating coin series with rotating designs have usually had the first coin released in January or February.
The release dates for the five 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters will be spaced from four to nine weeks apart, with the smallest gap between the first and second releases and the widest gap between the third and fourth releases.
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Release Dates
Hot Springs National Park Quarter – April 19, 2010
Yellowstone National Park Quarter – June 1, 2010
Yosemite National Park Quarter – July 26, 2010
Grand Canyon National Park Quarter – September 20, 2010
Mount Hood National Park Quarter – November 15, 2010
View the final design selections for each quarter, which were announced on March 24, 2010.
Whether the America the Beautiful Quarters will be readily obtainable through the channels of circulation remains to be seen. The Federal Reserve Banks, which are responsible for distributing circulating coins to depository institutions, do not have any special ordering procedures in place for the new quarter series. This means that banks will not be able to place coin orders specifically for the newly released quarters. Even if coin orders are placed on or around each release date, there will be no guarantee that the banks will receive any of the newly designed coins.
The Federal Reserve Banks do have special ordering procedures in place for the Presidential Dollar coins. During designated special order periods, banks can order unmixed quantities of the current release in $1,000 boxes of wrapped $25 rolls. Similar procedures were also in place for the 50 State Quarters Program.
If the newly released America the Beautiful Quarters are not readily available at banks, collectors will need to consider the US Mint’s premium priced bags and rolls or secondary market venues like eBay. Collectors close to the park or site being depicted could also take advantage of coin exchanges following official launch ceremonies.