2013 Great Basin Quarter Bags and Rolls

Today, June 10, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for collectible bags and rolls containing 2013 Great Basin National Park Quarters. This will be the eighteenth overall release for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Great Basin National Park Quarter

The reverse design of the coin features a single Bristlecone Pine tree and the rocky glacial moraines where the trees grow. These trees are among the oldest single living organisms known with some believed to have been alive for nearly 5,000 years. Their longevity derives from the harsh conditions in which they grow, resulting in extremely slow growth which creates very dense and resinous wood which does not rot but erodes like stone. The reverse was designed by Ronald D. Sanders and engraved by Renata Gordon.

The obverse of the coin features the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The original appearance of the portrait was restored for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The US Mint will offer the Great Basin Quarter numismatic bags and rolls in an array of different product options. These include the traditional circulating quality coins with the “P” and “D” mint marks which are also released for general circulation. Some offerings incorporate circulating quality coins bearing the “S” mint mark for San Francisco which are not released for circulation but only available within numismatic products.

Specifically, the products are the following:

  • 100-coin bags containing coins with either the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark priced at $34.95 each
  • 40-coin rolls containing coins with the “S” mint mark priced at $18.95 each
  • tw0-roll sets including one roll each of coins with the “P” and “D” mint marks priced at $32.95
  • three-roll sets including one roll each of coins with the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks priced at $46.95

For previous numismatic bag and roll offerings from this year, the most popular product option by volume has been the tw0-roll set, followed by the three-roll set.

There are no stated mintage limits or household ordering limits in place. The product pages indicate that these bags and rolls will remain available for one year from the original release date or until inventory is depleted, whichever occurs first.

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  1. Eddie says

    I plan on getting these along with the Kennedy half.
    My UNC. Sets have shipped out today buy my UNC ASE still has “reserved and in stock” they were ordered first don’t really understand why they haven’t shipped out yet.

  2. Dustyroads says

    The S marked quarters last year had mintages around 1.4 million for each of the five designs, as long as mintages don’t go through the ceiling they should remain worthy of collecting. The Mint has presentation boxes for storing the five rolls in which have the same design of their other blue boxes. The S Mint mark in a way still seems like the one that catches my eye the most, maybe it was all those evenings I spent looking through high school basketball game concession money on friday nights in the early seventies.

  3. Eddie says

    I know you get more if you buy the bags but wouldn’t you get a better selection of unblemished quarters if you buy the rolls?
    I always buy:1 S roll, 1 S bag, and 1 3 roll set.

  4. joe says

    Some thoughts on the gold First Spouse coins…

    It must be less expensive to just produce all the FS coins at one time due to their extremely low quantities. Alternatively, waiting until the end of the year allows the Mint to produce the coins as they have bandwidth throughout the year and dump them at the end. So, last year’s dump towards the end of the year will likely be repeated. With the sales of these coins being so low, the Mint probably figures they won’t offend many customers in any case.

    Unfortunately for those still collecting the FS coins, there will likely be another year-end release for them (when money is tightest).

  5. Dan in Fla says

    FS coins are gonna be there unless the Mint stops making them. As for these clad coins I will let everyone else have them. I will wait to see the 5oz coins on the 27th.

  6. Rolling-Thunder says

    Close to topic – some have questioned where all the circulating ATB quarters are going – just back from vacation in Hawaii & to my surprise while there I received a Hawaii statehood, a Hawaii ATB (volcano), & three Perry ATB quarters in change!

  7. Zaz says

    You guys are all welcome to the overpriced clad and takes up precious inventory space. I’m waiting for the 19th when I can order the 5oz. bullion and the 27th for the uncirculated coin.

  8. Rich says

    @ joe – less expensive and suspect W is preoccupied with the RP Buffalo run that they are clearly producing now. If they can’t commitment to a FS release date, one would at least expect a release date or window for the Buffalo.

    Why the mint would be so closed lipped about it is beyond me, unless they’re having supply issues with there packaging producer. Sorry, I’m having post-WP ASE withdraw.., time for some exciting news on something! Perhaps the sales report tomorrow will have some new twists…

  9. Tim says

    I am addicted to this web page and articles by “M”! And comments from all of you fellow coin enthusiasts.

  10. high low silver says

    OT Does anyone know who is selling ships that changed the world proof coins at a good price ?? No ebay….

  11. fosnock says

    @Eddie – I never bought the bags but I have been told that the rolls are better, they don’t get bag marks.

    @High low – The Perth Mint still has all but two of them in stock…buy from the source. Besides that I have no experience with the companies that carry the missing coins.

  12. Dan in Fla says

    I ordered a gold buffalo proof on 6/4/13 and have no movement on my order past the large drain on my card. You can bet if I had been looking at a price increase it would be here by now. We have a week until the shipping begins on the 17th. I can’t wait to get mine.

  13. high low silver says

    Thanks guys !! Ill call talismanscoins tomorrow and see what’s up, they are very close in price to the Perth mints current listing.

  14. Dustyroads says

    hi low, down at the bottom of the page they have a really nice set of 5 coins of the ones you’re looking for, all with only 5,000 minted, nice looking coins!

  15. Rich says

    high low – SS Apmex (surprisingly)

    Inventory ebbs and flows with an occasional $10 price drop. I just picked up a ‘shark bite’ coin for my nephew on a price drop and they had the best price around (surprisingly).

    OT – any thoughts out there as to where the WP ASE market valuation will be at year’s end for a set in OGP?

    For reference –
    The 2006 20th Anniversary Set sold for $100 with 248,875 mintage.
    2011 25th @ $300 with 100,000 sold

    Just curious given the uniqueness of the set, considering a tentative sales order of 281k.

  16. Dustyroads says

    Rich, you could use the 2012 S set as a reference and price the set in OGP at around $200.00.

  17. Jerry Diekmann says

    I can’t figure out the design of this coin. Is that an immense trunk the Mint is trying to portray or is it something else? Whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to belong on the coin.

  18. fmtransmitter says

    So I found a source and decided to cancel my OGP order and swap for a 2013 WP ASE PF70 and SP70 NGC graded set. I did the math and this graded set will match my 2012 S set perfectly. I had to send a deposit to secure the set with the rest due upon shipment via paypal. Shipment expected in 1 month and will have the ER designation and retro black holder. Local coin shop wants $30-$35 to send an OGP set for grading with no guarantees of result. Worth every penny for MY collection. Plus I will have them sooner than 9/30, expected ship date from mint. I am all for OGP from Mint but for this set being what it is, a first with the SP laser, I want to know it is perfect. Cheers, great comments.

  19. fmtransmitter says

    @ Jerry

    It may be the Joshua tree, found only in the dessert on the road from Vegas to Phoenix? Not sure, maybe another member knows what kind of tree this is?

  20. fmtransmitter says

    Duh, sorry, just read about which tree this is. Sorry.

    Bristlecone Pine tree and the rocky glacial moraines where the trees grow. These trees are among the oldest single living organisms known with some believed to have been alive for nearly 5,000 years. Their longevity derives from the harsh conditions in which they grow, resulting in extremely slow growth which creates very dense and resinous wood which does not rot but erodes like stone.

  21. Jerry Diekmann says

    @ fmtransmitter

    Thanks for the info on the bristlecone pine tree. My question is that the tree looks like it has a normal trunk on the left side and then this massive I-don’t-know-what in the center of the coin. I can’t tell if it is supposed to be part of the tree, which doesn’t seem possible, as the trunk would be too massive for the size of the tree, or is it part of a rock or mountain? Just an example of why some scenic portrayals of the ATB coins don’t show very well on coins, at least in the relief that the Mint strikes them. Some of the earlier ATBs had animals on them that were difficult to pick out on the coin.

  22. SilverHawk357 says

    Re : Bristlecone pine @ Great Basin. Drove my Toyota wagon up the steep Park road to see these trees in the 1990’s. Cooked my brakes on the way down!
    Waiting for SILVER quarters (hence my name) except I’m a sucker for any Kennedys. Bought “heavy” on the 2012 FS coins as released, cooked my brakes again on the way down as the prices fell later. Use this as a lesson when the 2013 FSs are released at the end of the year!

  23. SilverHawk357 says

    Re : Bristlecone Pine — I think it’s supposed to be growing against and around a big rock immediately to the right .

  24. Rich says

    @ fmtransmitter says: 2013 WP ASE PF70 and SP70 NGC graded set in ER designation and retro black –

    how much less than the $289 than S’towne is requesting? thanks

  25. Rich says

    Yeah Silverhawk, we have Bristlecone pines here outside of DC as well.., bet you didn’t know that…., here, they’re often referred to as Senators…, they’re resinous and do not produce anything of value as well…, can’t get rid of ’em either!

  26. Zaz says

    Bristlecone pine = nature’s experiment with “bonsai.” Not only are they slow growth (read “stunted”), the bases become massive relative to the rest of tree, with highly resinous trunks that resist rot, insects, etc., because the tree cannot afford to grow large where there are limited amounts of water, so they have evolved to adapt to a harsh environment. Bristlecones might not have the majesty nor the photogenic quality of their redwood and sequoia cousins, but they are admirable for their tenaciousness.

  27. Dan in Fla says

    I have no trouble making out the details of the five ounce ATB coins and am currently working on a couple of complete sets. Maybe if you are having trouble with the details look at the real silver quarters.

    On the West Point sets all the TV shows are selling the heck out of them at 289-299 for 70’s and 189-229 for 69’s. If these sets are going as fast as they say they are then it will be a winner.

  28. fmtransmitter says


    $265 shipped $240 via paypal due btwn July 1-10

    Jesse James Rare Coins

    Got my LESPS 2012-Coins are not seated in their respective slots. Will re seat them. Nice set, glad I got one.

  29. Brad says


    I got burned too on the 2012 FS coins. I bought them last January after closing on the new house. It turned out I could have bought them a few months later for almost $1,000 less than I paid. But, I was afraid of the possibility of quick sellouts and missing out. As they always say, hindsight is 20/20.

    Now, I wonder if it would be safe to wait on the 2013’s for a while, or if the Mint will deem that not as many are needed and they WILL sell out earlier in 2014. Maybe I should just bail on the entire project, since it’s getting pretty disappointing to pay way too much for this stuff. When it stops being fun, that’s the time to re-evaluate what you’re doing. That’s where I’m at right now with my FS sets.

  30. Rich says

    Thanks Dusty & Dan – it’s sad that people partake with the TV sales.., the big 3 are selling ’13 ASE, here’s a few great deals today THAT YOU CANNOT MISS OUT ON!!!

    – ’13 ASE Bullion for $78 (ShopNBC)
    – A 2013 MS70 ANACS First Day of Issue Limited Edition of 12,549 Silver Eagle Dollar Coin for $140 (HSN)
    & a ’13 ASE PR 70…, for the low, low price of $203. (QVC)

    Don’t be shy…, just pick up that phone!

  31. stephen m says

    Brad, I don’t collect the FS gold coins due to the cost of the metal, meaning i can’t afford them. I would think taking a $1000.00 hit isn’t fun. Maybe thinking the long haul would help. With the price of gold on the downturn a lot of folks are having second thoughts but lower gold prices should make for lower cost of a complete set. The best of luck with you on your decision.

  32. Dustyroads says

    Rich, that is crazy! Honestly, to this day I have never seen any of the tv channels selling anything. I know some are into that, but it looks like to me that a lot of way over priced impulse and uninformed buying happening there.

    Brad, I doubt you will have to worry about the Mint ending sales of the FS’s early, they don’t seem to mind letting them sit on the shelf for extended periods of time, and these half oz. collectors have a niche, be it small.

  33. Dustyroads says

    Was just reading back through the comments under the 2013 W Uncirculated AGE article and noticed that almost no one mentioned the AGE. It may not mean much, but…it may.

  34. Brian says

    White Mountain S quarter sales are up to 1.38 million. The 3 roll set is on backorder.

    We should know soon if the mintage levels will be the same as last year or higher.

  35. thePhelps says

    Dusty – in regards to the TV buying – there are a lot of seniors who watch those channels and buy what they sell…. I rermember my grandmother had half her garage full of boxes from the HSN – unopened and mostly junk – before we got her to realize it was mostly junk…

  36. george glazener says

    @Rolling Thunder;

    Well, there’s a good reason to book a 2 week vacation in Hawaii if I ever saw one..!! I’ll hit all the local banks for ATB coin rolls, send them home, and pay off the trip with profits selling them on eBay…!!

    Thanks Man..!!

  37. Dustyroads says

    Simon, I think it still may be one to watch!

    Brian, I don’t know know if you have been watching the sales figures of the S quarters, but they have been creeping along in the double digits for a long time. If they are going to end at 1.4 then we should see it in a month or two.

  38. Dustyroads says

    thePhelps, my father bought coins from the Mint for 40 years, along the way he also bought sets of junk coins assorted in inexpensive frames. I have never bought anything from the Franklin Mint, but I think I remember my father buying a lot of it from them.

  39. Rich says

    Proof Buffalo sales seem to be off to a strong start, I was expecting that one to be a sleeper…, bummer…

  40. high low silver says

    I don’t like ampex Rich……. Will not do business with them at all…..

  41. Dustyroads says

    haha…I’m giving them another chance because they’re fast, I’ll let you know what the AtB looks like when I get it in a couple.

  42. high low silver says

    I ordered from Talimancoin …….the cuttyshark coin …… Thanks for the info !! Should look great displayed with my 28 inch wooden model.

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