Today, February 24, 2015, the United States Mint began accepting orders for bags and rolls of circulating quality 2015 Homestead National Monument of America Quarters. This represents the twenty-sixth overall release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse design of the coin represents the three fundamentals of survival common to all homesteaders: food, water, and shelter. This was designed by Ronald D. Sanders and engraved by Jim Licaretz.
The original reverse design candidate (which can be seen here) had also included 30 stars surrounding the three fundamentals to represent the 30 states that participated in the Homestead Act. Within the design review phase, both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts had recommended the removal of the stars. The CCAC had also suggested the addition of the words “FREE LAND” to the design, but this suggestion was not followed. The CFA recommended a reduction of the size of the corn husks, which was followed.
As with all prior releases of the series, the obverse design carries the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan.
The United States Mint is offering the standard six different numismatic products containing circulating quality examples of the Homestead National Monument of America Quarters. The products feature coins from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities, carrying the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks, respectively. The coins from Philadelphia and Denver are also released for circulation, while the coins from the San Francisco Mint are only available within numismatic products.
Products include 40-coin rolls with “S” mint mark coins available priced at $18.95 each, two roll sets containing “P” and “D” mint mark coins priced at $32.95, and three roll sets of “P”, “D”, and “S” mint mark coins priced at $46.95 each. There are also 100-coin bags available containing coins with either the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark priced at $34.95 each.
All bags and rolls feature wrappers or tags containing US Mint branding and including the name of the site, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value of the contents. There are no stated mintage limits or household ordering limits in place.
As a change from the usual situation, the official launch ceremony for the Homestead Quarter occurred prior to the start of sale for these bags and rolls. The ceremony was held on February 10, 2015, when attendees were able to obtain rolls of the new quarters ahead of the more broadly accessible US Mint product release.