Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter Bags and Rolls

Today November 14, 2011 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of numismatic bags and rolls for the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter. This will represent the final release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program for the year and the tenth release for the series overall.

The reverse design of the coin contains a depiction of Lincoln Bridge, which was the park’s first constructed improvement. The bridge is built of limestone and was dedicated in 1909 to celebrate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

The US Mint offers two roll sets containing one 40-coin roll from the Philadelphia Mint and one 40-coin roll from the Denver Mint. The paper wrappers include the site name, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value. The price for each set is $39.95.

Also available are 100-coin bags from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint. The bags are sewn closed and contain a tag indicating the site, date, and mint mark, with the face value printed on the bag. Each bag is priced at $49.95.

Both the two roll sets and 100-coin bags will remain available for sale for one year from the release date.

An official launch ceremony for the Chickasaw Quarter will be held on November 16 at Flower Park on the grounds of the national recreation area.

Other News

Sales are scheduled to end for certain numismatic products included in the “Last Opportunity” section of the US Mint’s website.

On November 15 at 12:00 Noon ET, sales will end for the 2010 Mount Hood National Park Quarter bags and rolls. This coin represents the fifth release from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The final mintages were 34.4 million coins each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint.

The two roll sets are priced at $32.95 and the 100-coin bags are priced at $35.95. This is a lower price than charged for rolls released during 2011.

On November 18 at 12:00 Noon ET, sales will end for the 2009 Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollar rolls. This was the 12th release of the Presidential Dollar Coin Program. The final mintages were 43.54 million coins each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint.

The rolls are priced at $35.95 each. This is also a lower pricing point than the rolls released this year.

Separately, the US Mint added a new item to its Scheduled Product Listing. On November 16, 2011, the New Frontier Bronze Medals will be available for sale. Available in 3-inch or 1.5-inch size, these are reproductions of the Congressional Gold Medal issued to honor the space missions of John Glenn aboard Mercury Atlas 6 and Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins aboard Apollo 11.

The designs for the medal have not yet been revealed by the US Mint, however, you can view the field of four obverse and seven reverse design candidates within this CoinUpdate article.

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  1. MarkInFla says

    I can’t imagine people paying double face for these. I guess if you are doing it just for fun and figure a hobby like golf or painting costs money that will never come back, then buying coins that will never be worth what you paid is not a problem. But I suspect that most people who collect coins want and expect to make a profit or at least break even.

  2. Brad says

    Yes, the bags and roll sets are not good items from an “investment” standpoint. I learned that lesson in 2009. All of a sudden, the extremely low-mintages for circulating quarters didn’t seem to matter anymore.

    I’m wondering about the “circulating” ATB quarter sets the Mint sells, though. $9.95 will get you a “P” and a “D” specimen for each design of the same quality you can expect from bank rolls, sealed in cellophane and placed inside an envelope. A scant 21,XXX units have been sold of the 2010 set, and those will likely go off-sale in about 2 weeks when the 2011 set goes on sale. Will those sets end up being one of the items that sees nice returns on the secondary market once it’s no longer available from the Mint? All of the 2010 ATB quarters have very low mintages, and if mintages pick up in later years the 2010’s might be keys. Will anyone even care, though? Plus, the set costs about 4X face value, so technically it’s even worse than the bags and roll sets for what you get. The set displays much nicer, though.

    There are a lot of variables to consider here.

  3. says

    I’m surprised so many people are still buying these products given the steady increase in premiums. Just keeping the rolls up to date is more and more expensive.

  4. J A says

    Given the low level of interest in this series and the high premiums, it’s an extremely risky move to collect these bags and rolls in my opinion.

    I’m still reeling from the hundreds of dollars of state quarters I still have and can’t unload. The way I’m using them is for change for parking meters.

    I should be in the clear in about 10 years.

  5. VA Bob says

    Wow, I didn’t notice the bridge on this coin until I read Michaels write up! Thought it was the tree line.

  6. MarkInFlorida says

    Only 6 comments about these rolls and bags and 628 comments about the silver eagle sets. What does that say?

  7. says


    Unfortunately very few people pay any attention to clad products. It’s a real shame. It’s even worse because the 25th anniversary set is sucking all the oxygen out of the room. Until those coins are delivered, AND until the fallout has been sorted through (such as final Ebay premiums, an attempt to tally how many San Francisco coins are defective due to weird toning, milk spots, etc) we’re probably not going to be hearing about much else.

    I do think that it’s rather funny how the flagship product of the AtB series garners so little collector interest or commentary.

  8. Matt L. DeTectre says

    These things are posers trying to pawn themselves off as something they aren’t rather than just the copper coin they are. Ask yourself why else do they put a silvery coating on copper? Why go to the bother. There’s less shock to the public as it keeps the illusion of silver coinage while our money is goin’ down the terlet. Oh, I guess its purdier and don’t gets the tarnish. Also less confusion with their brethren, the potmetal dollar coins. How long will it be before we get a silver coating on plastic? Their best use may be as great stocking stuffers for the kids and grandkids. Now if you like them and collect them then to each his own. As for me I’ll take a pass and stick to the also overpriced ASE’s and other silver coins from here and around the world.

  9. Zaz says

    I saw the designs for the New Frontier medal, and was blown away by the obverse and the reverse the CCAC chose last year. It is the best example of medallic art to come from the Mint in a long time, and generally the medals are vastly superior to the circulating coinage because of the mandated inscriptions on the coin. I see the point now why they were moved off onto the rim for the presidential dollars. I’ll be ordering one of the 3″ medals tomorrow.

  10. Hidalgo says

    Need your advice –

    I see MS70 sets of the 30th anniversary 2011 ASE sets on sale for about $3,000. Do you think this is a good deal?

    Also, I’ve noticed that unopened sets on ebay for the 2011 ASE anniversary sets are selling for a bit more than opened sets. Do you recommend that I open my box? Or leave it unopened?

  11. DCDave says

    Dudes and Dudettes, the reverse proof and the unc “s” are the only unique marks. There are plenty of uncs and reverse proofs around, so don’t get carried away. There will always be premiums for the aformentioned coins, but reality says that should not be to the moon. The UHR is not a unique mint mark, it is a unique coin with about the same mintages as above. It now commands about 2-3 (at most)X issue price, so keep that as a reference.

  12. says


    I think $3000 is flat out insane, but your mileage may vary! 🙂

    As for opening your box, I’d strongly advise you to take a look unless you plan on getting yours graded First Strike. My 2011-S arrived defective – it has a yellowish stain/milk spot on it. Other people have also reported milk spots on their coins, and some peoples’ coins have actually come out of the coin capsules to bounce around exposed inside the box. My 2011 bullion and S capsules were both extremely loose.

    I would take pictures and put them on my blog, but my camera is low quality and the toning is very difficult to see unless you look at the coin under bright light and from certain angles.

  13. Brad says

    Off-topic, but I noticed the Mint just changed the Direct Ship dollar coin program again. They now charge a “fulfillment fee” of $12.50 per box of dollar coins ordered through the program.

    That should be the final nail in the program’s coffin I would imagine. I stopped ordering them after the ability to use a credit card went away. I wasn’t going to pay a wire transfer fee or postage to help the Mint circulate dollar coins, and I sure won’t pay $12.50 per box for them either, ON TOP of wire fees or postage.

  14. Dan says

    This is off topic also, so bear with me. On this blog in other categories I have seen coins from the Royal Canadian mint mentioned in the same sentence as the franklin mint. Are there low mintage offferings really that bad??

  15. Steve-O says

    I received my 25th Anniversary sets (2) yesterday, and yes, the capsules were bouncing around inside the box. Luckily all coins remained inside the capsules and look great, but I find it incredible that the mint is allowing this to happen.

  16. Wylson says

    Dan, “mentioned in the same sentence as the franklin mint. Are there low mintage offferings really that bad??”. It depends on if you purchase the one with or without the moose wearing sunglasses. 🙂

  17. ClevelandRocks says

    The Frankin Mint doesn’t produce as much junk as the Royal Canadian Mint (complete with old lady queen on all obverse). 20th century RCM coins were actually quite nice. I have a collection of RCM p-l sets, but the plethora of 21st century RCM “circus” coins has made me not interested at all in RCM products.

  18. J A says

    I’d vote for Michael to start a separate thread on the added fee to the direct ship program so that we can have a separate discussion about it.

    PS it’s bogus

  19. Brad says

    I wish the price of gold would keep falling until after the Lucretia Garfield FS coins are released, so the prices might drop a tier or two. We’ve recently lost most of the declines that had taken place since the Lucy Hayes coins went on sale. Those price drops did me no good, since I had already bought Lucy Hayes and it was too soon to buy Lucretia Garfield!

  20. Alan Flacks says

    Oh, for the average collector and the children trying to collect, there is so much to say, maybe saying nothing is best of all. The $1 Pres., the AtB quarter dollars, the difficulty of getting the new coinage at your local bank, the newly imposed fees, the impossible-to-find 2009 one cent Lincolns, et cet. I prefer a political spin on all this. The former director of the mint, Moy, was a political hack. Unqualified for his patronage job. He was no director of anything. Why did the Obama people keep him on so long? Does anyone know anything about the new director? Who are those employees who make these policies which seem headed for failure?

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