Today, March 31, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began accepting orders for bags and rolls of Shenandoah National Park Quarters. This is the second release of the year and the twenty-second release overall within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of a day hiker at the Little Stony Man summit. This design by Phebe Hemphill had been recommended by both the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The obverse of the coin carries the restored 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which has been used in common throughout the series.
The US Mint is offering six different product options including circulating quality examples of the Shenandoah National Park Quarter. These coins are struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities, bearing the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks, respectively. The circulating quality coins bearing the “S” mint mark are not released for general circulation or included in annual sets, but only available within numismatic bag and roll offerings.
Product options include 100-coin bags containing coins with either of the three mint marks, priced at $34.95 each. There are 40-coin rolls containing coins with the “S” mint mark priced at $18.95 each. Set options include a two-roll set of “P” and “D” mint marked coins priced at $32.95, or a three-roll set of “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marked coins priced at $46.95 each.
All products come in special US Mint branded numismatic packaging that incorporates the name of the park, the state abbreviation, the mint mark, and face value of the contents.
There are no household ordering or product limits imposed. The US Mint indicates that the products will remain available for one year from the initial on-sale date or until inventory is depleted, whichever occurs first.
Later this week on April 4, the United States Mint and National Park Service will host the official launch ceremony for the Shenandoah National Park Quarter. The ceremony is held at Skyline High School in Front Royal, Virginia at 10:00 AM ET. As customary, following the ceremony attendees will be able to exchange currency for rolls of the new quarters at face value. A coin forum will be hosted by US Mint Deputy Direct Dick Peterson the evening prior to the ceremony.
Baseball Hall of Fame Gold Coin Sell Out Official
The United States Mint has stopped accepting orders for the uncirculated and proof 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Gold Coins, making the sell out at the 50,000 maximum mintage official.
After a frenzied start of sales at 12:00 Noon ET on March 27, the US Mint had put a waiting list notification on the product pages for the gold coins the same day around 6:30 PM ET.
According to the notice, the US Mint had received orders to account for the entire authorized maximum mintage for the offering. Orders would still be accepted for placement on a waiting list, which would be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis in the event any coins should become available due to a cancellation. Orders continued to be accepted for the waiting list throughout the weekend.
The waiting list notice was removed and the coins were officially marked as sold out around 12:00 Noon ET today.
Updated sales figures should be available for the silver dollars and clad half dollars in the regular weekly reporting due tomorrow.