The United States Mint began sales of numismatic bags and rolls of the 2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarters on November 4, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET. This represents the final release of the year and the twentieth release overall for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse design by Joseph Menna features an image of men adding the final details to Thomas Jefferson’s face. This serves to provide a unique and educational perspective on how Mount Rushmore was created and differs significantly from prior depictions on US coins.
In 1991, a commemorative coin program celebrated the 60th anniversary of Mount Rushmore with the issuance of $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars. Both the half dollar and silver dollar featured fairly similar depictions of the memorial with differences in the surrounding elements. The $5 gold coin obverse was mostly dominated by the image of a bald eagle in flight holding a chisel and mallet in its talons, with a small view of Mount Rushmore near the bottom.
In 2006, Mount Rushmore was depicted on the 2006 South Dakota State Quarter. The depiction of the memorial was once again similar, with the addition of the Chinese ring necked pheasant above and wheat ears to each side.
The products available starting today for the 2013 Mount Rushmore Quarter include circulating quality coins struck at the main production floors of the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities. The Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins with the “P” and “D” mint marks will also be release for general circulation. The San Francisco Mint coins in circulating quality with the “S” mint mark are not released for general circulation or included within annual sets.
The US Mint has offered the same line up of products offered for each previous release of the series for this year. There are 100-coin bags containing coins with either the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark priced at $34.95 each. There are 40-coin rolls containing coins with the “S” mint mark priced at $18.95 each. There are two roll sets including one roll of coins each with the “P” and “D” mint marks priced at $32.95. Lastly, there are three roll sets including one roll of coins each with the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks priced at $46.95 each.
The products have special numismatic packaging which includes the name of the site, state abbreviation, the face value of the contents, and the mint mark. The Mint indicates that the products will be available for one year from the initial on-sale date or until inventory is depleted at an early time.