Today, January 28, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales for the 2013 White Mountain National Forest Quarter bags and rolls. This represents the first availability of circulating quality coins for the sixteenth release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The White Mountain National Forest Quarter features a view of Mt. Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Ridge, framed by birth trees. Inscriptions in the surrounding border read “White Mountain”, “New Hampshire”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “2013”. The obverse of the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan with inscriptions “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
The US Mint is offering an array of different products containing circulating quality versions of the coin struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints, bearing the “P”, “D”. and “S” mint marks, respectively. The Mint has offered bags and rolls of coins bearing the standard “P” and “D” mint marks going back to the original 50 State Quarters Program. Products with the “S” mint mark were introduced last year. The circulating quality quarters with the “S” mint mark are not released for circulation, but only available within numismatic products.
Products available today include the following:
- Two Roll Sets priced at $32.95, containing one 40-coin roll each with “P” and “D” mint marked coins
- 100-Coin Bags priced at $34.95 each, available with either “P”, “D”, or “S” mint marked coins
- Single 40-Coin Rolls priced at $18.95, containing “S” mint marked coins
- Three Roll Sets priced at $46.95, containing one 40-coin roll each with “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marked coins
The final product is new for this year and provides a cheaper alternative ($4.95 less) than purchasing the “P&D” Two Roll Set and “S” Single Roll.
Product pages contain new guidance with regards to the period of availability for the bags and rolls. A statement indicates “These products will be available for one year from the initial on-sale date or until inventory is depleted prior to the one-year time frame.”
Last year, the product pages for the “S” mint mark products had flatly stated a one-year availability period. Every product had ended up selling out ahead of time. After the quick sell outs and higher secondary market prices, we may see higher demand for these products this year.
There may also be some attrition for the Two Roll Sets, which have typically been the strongest sellers, as collectors opt for the new Three Roll Sets.