The United States Mint will begin selling bags and rolls of the 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarters on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:00 Noon ET. This will represent the first release of the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The circulation release date for the quarters will occur on the same date. An official launch ceremony will be held the following day on April 20, 2010 at the Hot Springs National Park administration building.
The 2010 Hot Springs Quarter reverse design features a depiction of the ornate door of the park headquarters building, with one of the park’s many fountains appearing in the foreground. The reverse was designed by Don Everhart and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The US Mint has restored portrait details that appeared on the original 1932 Washington Quarter.
The US Mint will offer a two roll set containing one 40-coin roll from the Philadelphia Mint and one 40-coin roll from the Denver Mint. The rolls are packaged in custom designed wrappers that indicate the mint mark, name of the park, state abbreviation, and face value of contents. The two roll sets are priced at $32.95 each. This is the same price that was charged for last year’s two roll sets of quarters.
The US Mint will also offer 100-coin bags from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint. The canvas bags will have a tag which indicates the mint mark, name of the park, state abbreviation, and face value of the contents. These bags are priced at $35.95 each. This represents a $3 increase from the price of last year’s 100-coin bags of quarters.
At this time, these three products seem to be the only ones offered specifically for the Hot Springs Quarter. Last year, there were three other offerings for each specific quarter. This included 1,000-coin bags from the Philadelphia or Denver Mint and First Day Coin Covers.
The larger sized bags apparently will not be offered, and I have confirmed that First Day Coin Covers will not be produced for the series.
Collectible proof or uncirculated versions of the Hot Springs National Park Quarter will be incorporated into several multi-coin sets released later in the year. This will include the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set, 2010 Proof Set, 2010 Silver Proof Set, and 2010 Uncirculated Mint Set.
Lastly, a duplicate design of the quarter will be used for a 5 ounce silver bullion coin with a 3 inch diameter. The most recent statements from the US Mint suggest that the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins will be available around mid-year. These will not be sold directly by the US Mint, but distributed through their authorized purchaser network.