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Monday, April 12, 2010

2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter Launch Ceremony


The United States Mint will hold a launch ceremony for the Hot Springs National Park Quarter, on April 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM CT. This will be the first coin released in the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The launch ceremony takes place one day after the circulation release date on April 19, 2010. (See 2010 America the Beautiful Quarter Release Dates) This seems to have been done to align the ceremony with the 178th anniversary date of the park. Hot Springs Reservation was created by Congress with the signature of President Andrew Jackson on April 20, 1832. The reservation later became a national park in 1921.

The United States Mint and National Park Service officials will hold the ceremony at the park administration building, located at 101 Reserve Street, Hot Springs, AR. Children under 18 who attend the ceremony will receive a free coin to commemorate the event. Birthday cake will also be served for the park's anniversary.

There will be a coin exchange following the ceremony where attendees can exchange currency for $10 rolls of Hot Springs Quarters. Park sources have indicated an exchange limit $100 per attendee, although the most recently issued US Mint press release does not mention a limit.

A coin forum will be held the evening before the ceremony on April 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM CT. The forum will be held at Quapaw Bath House, 413 Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, AR.

Will America the Beautiful Quarter launch ceremonies prove to be big draws for coin collectors and park enthusiasts? This first ceremony may set the tone for those that follow.

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16 Comments:

At April 12, 2010 at 2:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am interested but I will wait and see how the drawing translates to the coin before jumping off the deep end. Hopefully it will be a very good product.

 
At April 12, 2010 at 2:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet we'll be seeing stamped and cancelled rolls of this quarter on eBay!!!

 
At April 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man I'd love to go but NY to AK is a long way to go for a quarter.

JA

 
At April 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee hee, Arkansas' abbreviation is AR, not AK. AK is Alaska! You're right, it IS pretty far to go from New York to Alaska!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Besides, you're right. It is pretty far to both locations.

I'm going. It's only about 6.5 hours each way, and I've never been there. It should be a good time.

 
At April 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sale on the right hand side for a 2009 plat Pr70 that Michael had posted sold for over three thousand $$$$ REmember the doubters??????? Didn't like the design??? Surely that seller loves the profit!! 2008-w 4 coin eagle set raw just sold for over $5100 WOW finally getting some respect.

 
At April 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

140397468283=08 w unc. 4 coin set 130379963457-09 proof platinum respectively. Thanks for the heads up Mike. The state quarter program was very educational. I hope our children can learn more about the United States from these coins and perhaps get off the computers and visit the parks. Although I think that people looking to make a quick buck off of these will get a different kind of education Anybody need rolls of state quarters--now going cheap!!!!

 
At April 12, 2010 at 5:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the boy scout unc. is showing a ship date of 6/14/10. a mint mistake? that would be a long time to wait. well i guess it's shorter than the lincoln cent proof set of last year.

 
At April 12, 2010 at 5:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could mean that the coins are almost sold out. There will probably be 225,000 proofs and 125,000 uncirculateds. It will be interesting to see the latest sales figures tomorrow.

 
At April 12, 2010 at 5:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

May be 100K uncs. Anyway the bell tolls. The unc is about to go dark.

 
At April 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Tyrone said...

That Hot Springs picture looks like a royal commode or bidet. Not very appealing.

 
At April 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM , Blogger alrprairie said...

I found the coin forum the nite before the 2010 penny release to be informative and fun. At Hot Springs it should be fairly accessable, unlike The Grand Canyon, which you have to drive about an hour to the nearest town, Williams, Arizona. Some of the Parks etc. do not lend themselves to a Coin Forum the nite before.

 
At April 13, 2010 at 6:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the April 12, 2010 4:56 PM poster, thanks for the correction! :-)

JA

 
At April 13, 2010 at 7:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To avoid a price increase this week on gold coins, the London AM Fix tomorrow has to be $1,127 or less. Both of today's fixes were barely under $1,150. It doesn't look too good.

The silver lining is that if the price keeps slipping, the prices will go back down to the present tier levels next week.

Now I just have to decide if I want to place an order this week or wait and see if the prices come back down next week, thus buying myself more time.

I hate having to play the game this way now! But, at least there is some predictability to pricing now and long suspensions are avoided!

 
At April 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If fellow coin collectors want to meet in Arizona for the fall release of the grand canyon coin I suggest meeting in Flagstaff or Sedona. Flagstaff is only a couple of hours drive from the Canyon and Sedona is about 3 hours.

In Williams one could take the steam train to the Canyon which is fun and takes a little over an hour. All three communities are interesting for different reasons.

I live in Sedona so I will probably camp in the park for a few days before the event...

Goldfingers

 
At April 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyrone

+1 It does look like a toilet.

 
At April 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but at least that toilet is filled with natural spring water! :)

 

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