Today June 1, 2010 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter bags and rolls. This also marks the circulation release date of the coins. A launch ceremony will be held later this week on June 3.
This coin will represent the second release for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which honors 56 different National Parks and sites over the next twelve years. The Yellowstone Quarter features an image of the Old Faithful geyser with American Bison in the foreground and background. The obverse of the coin features John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington.
The US Mint will offer a two roll set containing one roll of 40 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one roll of 40 coins from the Denver Mint. This product is priced at $32.95. Bags containing 100 coins from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint will also be available, priced at $35.95 each. The products come in US Mint branded packaging, which indicates the park name, state abbreviation, face value, and mint mark.
As a change in procedure from last year, the US Mint intends to keep each quarter’s bags and rolls products available for one year after the initial release date. In the past, sales of the bags and rolls had typically ended as a new design was released.
One of the enticements of the new quarter series has been the continuing trend towards lower mintages, especially in comparison to the popular 50 State Quarters Program. The Hot Springs Quarter had preliminary circulating coin production of 59.6 million across the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.
Through the end of April, the US Mint had produced a combined 17.8 million Yellowstone National Park Quarters, although production almost certainly continued into the following month. Updated production figures and perhaps a preliminary production totals for the Yellowstone Quarter should be available soon.