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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coin Images for 2010 Quarters

The United States Mint has released coin images for the five 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters. Until now, the only images available have been the line art images.

Line art images were initially released back in September 2009 when design candidates were being evaluated by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The same line art images were also used for the official unveiling at a special ceremony recently held on March 24, 2010 in Washington, DC.

The new coin image versions for each of this year's quarters appear below. For comparison, you can check out the line art versions in this post.

2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter
Release Date: April 19, 2010

2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter
Release Date: June 1, 2010

2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter
Release Date: July 26, 2010

Grand Canyon National Park Quarter
Release Date: September 20, 2010

Mount Hood National Forest Quarter
Release Date: November 15, 2010
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At April 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hood Looks Good

At April 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Brad said...

They don't look too bad from the images. I'm thinking collectors will warm up to them. I still wish the Mint had made the First-Day Coin Covers for this series.

At least Lasloo is going to make his own covers for Hot Springs. I'm going to get them cancelled on the 19th at the park post office for him. I received them in the mail this morning, so all that's left is to get them there and cancelled. They look great! Almost exactly like what would have come from the Mint.

At April 15, 2010 at 2:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe its just me but I get my hopes up when I see the drawings and then the translation to the coin appears lacking. I'll just have to see one live. Compared to the drawings these look to be a copy of a copy of carbon copy. I guess I'm just too picky.

At April 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mount Hood likes like it is a Doubled Die, no coins have come out yet and we have our first error coin.

At April 15, 2010 at 7:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Yellowstone quarter looks nice , but then again, you can't go wrong with the buffalo design..MHO.

At April 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I don't think Mt. Hood shows to be a double die, I think it's just depicting a tremor before the next eruption.

At April 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM , Blogger Tyrone said...

Hot springs still looks like a bidet.

At April 16, 2010 at 7:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the designs will look better in your hand than in any sort of picture.

Hot Springs is available this monday and I'm bound to grab me a few rolls or bags.


At April 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM , Anonymous New Coin Collector said...

Now I'm interested. These are much more impressive than the drawings. I wish they'd have done a new Washington portrait, like the Jefferson on the nickel. Especially if I'm thinking about shelling out some dough for the 2 oz. silver coins.

At April 16, 2010 at 12:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The silver coins will be 5 oz.'s.

I still haven't decided yet if I will get any of those. I think I just might.

At April 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't around for the start of the first issue of the State Quarters. You know how these things are, if you miss the earliest offerings, you're going to get gouged by trying to get them off EBay or elsewhere. This is why I'm hopping onboard now.


At April 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the release dates are later and closer together this year it will be interesting to see if this affects the mintages and sales figures.

I will probably buy a few roll sets of each quarter and at least one of each silver bullion design.

I bought one roll set and one $25 P bag of the N. Mariana's because of the low mintage figures. I just couldn't resist.

At April 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM , Anonymous New Coin Collector said...

What the... 5 oz.? Who's idea was that? That's gonna put it out of reach for me.

At April 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I am aware of, other than through collector-sale bags, rolls and sets from the USMint, these coins will be distributed to the public through normal banking channels and procedures - essentially 'where and when needed'. With the current massive oversupply of coins of all denominations and the resulting very low new coin production rate at the USMint over the past year or so (the numbers are at: ), these coins of both mint-mark varieties will be a TRUE CHALLENGE to collect from circulation.

The 2010 designs do look pretty good, though. :-)

One question, is the lettering around the rim on the reverse 'incused'?

Michael G. Koerner
Appleton, WI

At April 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes, the lettering on the reverse is indeed "incused." I thought it looked like it was from the pictures, and when I got the coins at the ceremony I saw it really was that way.

I also noticed that Washington's portrait seems to have been re-done again, with the "spaghetti" factor of his hair taken away. The portrait on my coins looks like it does on the old 30's and 40's coins. Did anyone else notice this too?

At April 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Michael said...

Yes, for the obverse, the US Mint has restored the original 1932 portrait by John Flanagan "to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model."

There a picture of an actual Hot Springs Quarter (obv and rev) now included in this post:


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