The United States Mint will begin sales of the Grand Canyon National Park Quarter bags and rolls next week on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 12:00 Noon ET. This will represent the fourth release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which began this year.
The Grand Canyon Quarter reverse design features a canyon level view of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. These granaries were used for storing food and seeds circa A.D. 500. Inscriptions surrounding the image include “Grand Canyon”, “Arizona”, “E Pluribus Unum” and the date “2010”. The reverse was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan as it appeared on the 1932 Washington Quarter. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
The US Mint will offer 100-coin bags of Grand Canyon National Park Quarters from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint priced at $35.95. Tags are attached to each bag which indicate the mint of origin, name of the park, and state abbreviation.
Two roll sets will also be available, which include one 40-coin roll each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. The rolls are packaged in special wrappers which indicate the face value of the contents, mint mark, name of the park, and state abbreviation. The sets are priced at $32.95 each.
Both the bags and rolls are intended to be available for one year from the initial release date. The bags and rolls for the previously released quarters featuring Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Yosemite National Park all remain available for sale.
A launch ceremony for the Grand Canyon National Park Quarter will be held by the US Mint on September 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM MST. The ceremony will take place at the South Rim of the park, between Hopi House and Verkamp’s Visitor Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange currency for rolls of the new quarters at face value.
The evening before the ceremony on September 20 at 5:00 PM, United States Mint Director Edmund Moy will host a coin forum at the Grand Canyon Railway Depot at the base of El Tovar Hill.
2010 Proof Gold Eagles Update
In other news, the US Mint has confirmed the availability of 2010 Proof Gold Eagles. Details from my previous post regarding product options and limits were confirmed.
The 4 Coin Sets will be limited to 39,000 units. Individual options will be limited to 25,000 one ounce coins, 15,000 one half ounce coins, 16,000 one quarter ounce coins, and 27,000 one tenth ounce coins.
Newly available information includes the exact release date of October 7, 2010 at 12:00 Noon ET. Additionally, the US Mint has indicated that there will be no household ordering limits in place for the products.
At this time the US Mint has not made a final decision about whether the 2010-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle will be offered. This collectible uncirculated version of the coin is struck on specially burnished blanks and contains the “W” mint mark. Although the fractional versions of this offering were discontinued at the end of 2008, the US Mint had still planned to offer the one ounce size coin in future years. For 2009, the collectible uncricualted coin was canceled along with the proof version.