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Monday, July 26, 2010

Yosemite National Park Quarter Bags and Rolls

Today July 26, 2010, the United States Mint began sales of the 2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter bags and rolls. This represents the third release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The reverse design of the Yosemite Quarter features a view of El Capitan. This vertical rock formation rises 3,00 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor and is the largest monolith of granite in the world. The reverse was designed by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The obverse of the coin features a restored version of the portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan.

The US Mint is offering 100-coin bags of the newly released quarters from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint. The bags have tags stating the mint of origin, "Yosemite", "CA" and the $25 face value of the contents. Bags are priced at $35.95 each.

A two roll set is also offered, which includes one 40-coin roll from the Philadelphia Mint and one 40-coin roll from the Denver Mint. The coins are packaged in US Mint branded wrappers, which indicate the mint of origin, "Yosemite", "CA", and $10 fave value of the contents. The two roll sets are priced at $32.95.

According to the US Mint, the Yosemite National Park Quarters bags and rolls will remain available for one year from the initial offering date. This prolonged availability period is a change of procedure from the prior State Quarter and DC & US Territories Quarters Programs. Bags and rolls for each design were only available until the next design was released.

Another change for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program is the introduction of the Bulk Purchase Program. This program allows orders to be placed for bulk bags of 200,000 quarters for the $50,000 face value plus a 3% processing fee. So far, the US Mint has reported 19.4 million quarters sold through the program.

When the America the Beautiful Quarters series first began, the potential for low mintages provided an interesting draw for collectors. Preliminary production figures do show mintages for the new series to be a fraction of the levels for the State Quarters Program. However, since the US Mint is providing prolonged availability for each release, the ability to bulk order, and the prospect that production can be restarted, the low mintages are difficult to get excited about.

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20 Comments:

At July 26, 2010 at 2:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I generally like these better than the previous state quarter set in terms of their designs. Much more attractive to look at in general, though the Mint has done a poor job in advertising them. No one I've talked to has ever seen them or heard of them before. It wouldn't surprise me if a lot of people confuse these with the state quarters.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 2:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn.

Waiting on Proof Silver Eagles (with my money not spent on blah overpriced mint sets).

 
At July 26, 2010 at 5:07 PM , Anonymous Scott said...

Living here in Las Vegas and going to banks and sifting through change ALL the time, (I even work in a restaurant!)... I have not seen a single "America the Beautiful" state park quarter yet. Not a single one in circulation.

Of course I can buy them on the secondary market and directly from the mint, but it's frustrating me to no end that I've been verbally promoting this series and 98% of the general public has never even heard of it of it or seen them!

I know that mintage figures are way below the state quarters, but either these are being hoarded, poorly distributed, or just not making enough to go around. Why????

These are the most beautiful designs and depictions of the treasures of our country to ever be on coins and they are just a whisp of unnoticed breath. How sad.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 5:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott, I found that to be the case with the 4 different Lincoln cent designs last year. Probably 50% of people may have seen 1 of the 4, but 98% have no idea there were 4.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 5:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is talk of making more Hot Springs quarters "to meet program demand". If so, Merry Christmas from the mint to those believing these were going to be low mintages.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 6:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll have to see the actual coin in hand before I get too excited. Until then: nighty night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite, and someone please turn out the light. Yours truly, Rip Van Winkle

 
At July 26, 2010 at 7:49 PM , Blogger alrprairie said...

I like the National Park program and am planning on going to the Grand Canyon release. For the life of me, tho, I don't understand the 'Bulk Purchase Program' , in terms of who is buying 200,000 quarters at a time, and what they are going to do with 19 million sold so far.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 8:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mint fraud exposed:

http://www.roadtoroota.com/public/330.cfm

excerpt:
. . . For over 2 years the Mint has been illegally rationing gold and silver American Eagles and now the Director of the U.S. Mint, Edmond Moy, is finally on the hot seat.
"A congressional subcommittee has been asked to investigate the growing backlog in and foreign procurement of U.S. bullion and collectors' precious metals coin blanks manufactured by the U.S. Mint."

 
At July 26, 2010 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at a big box discount store in Minnesota. I saw a Hot Springs Quarter in the till last week. Most of My co-workers were aware of the state quaters program. None were aware of the lincoln cents last year or the national park quarters this year, until I told them.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 11:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys didn't really think the mint was going to stick to that earlier production plan, did you? LOL.

They did that to sell more coins, that is how they make money.

 
At July 27, 2010 at 7:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is going to look very good on the 5oz

 
At July 27, 2010 at 7:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancelled my ATB Quarter Subscription as soon as I found out about the new mint policy of resuming striking throughout the year per demand. Moy totally put me off to this program, as well as most other mint subscription programs. The ATB mint issued rolls will be worth face value at most going forward. Not worth the markup the mint adds to the set IMHO.

 
At July 27, 2010 at 9:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that is a pretty shoddy deal, resuming mintage later in the year. The 50 State quarters and Territories quarters all had set production periods, and that was it. The Hot Springs D quarters weren't even doing that well before the announcement, even with their paltry 29 million mintage.

It just goes to show what a difference it makes when nearly 100% of the mintage is saved versus circulated!

 
At July 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

His actions, decisions, and indecisions seem to suggest that Moy is exhibiting signs of mental problems that need treatment. Barring that, perhaps whomever is touting or directing him is clearly no friend to the collecting numismatic public. Either way, something stinks at the Mint. Wish it weren't so but what else is a logical conclusion?

"illegally rationing gold and silver American Eagles". That's no revelation.....collectors suspected this for almost 2 years already. Nice catch sherlock.

 
At July 27, 2010 at 3:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moy reminds me of the Three Stooges episode where Curly says "I try to think but nothing happens!"

 
At July 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is perfectly clear who runs the mint right now. The Fed. The same entity that is controlling all the price fixing of gold and silver. What we are witnessing now is a price decrease to allow the big boys to buy low and squeeze out profits from the suppliers. Once enough gold and silver and other metals needed has been acquired for future productions. The price will go back up. Now is the time to buy silver and gold. Because I truly believe this will be the last time these tactics will be allowed by the world markets. The boom is getting ready to come down on all this price fixing and it will not be pretty for the good ole US of A. I look for the crash to come very soon. And this crash will be a total that no insurance company will be able to cover. Say goodbye to the paper dollar folks. And say goodbye to all the false paper gold and silver. The up coming months will test this countries resilience like it has never been tested before.

 
At July 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just saw a commercial on the history channel for the ATB quarters. FINALLY!

 
At July 27, 2010 at 9:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Moy is a gooberment employee, a high ranking one but still a gooberment employee. They thrive and survive on kissing the butt above them. So rest assured that Mr. Moy does not make any major decisions without checking first with the politcal hack boss right above him.

 
At July 28, 2010 at 7:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true, the sky is falling...

Maybe it's true or could it be just another piece of American space junk entering earth's atmosphere.


Goldfingers

 
At July 28, 2010 at 9:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The obverse of this years's proof quarter is just horrid. Not enough detail. The mint must be going backwards.

 

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