The United States Mint began selling bags and rolls of the Grand Canyon National Park quarters today, September 20, 2010. The newly designed quarter is the fourth coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program, which started earlier this year.
The US Mint is offering numismatic sales of circulation quality 100-Coin Bags of the 2010 Grand Canyon quarter for $35.95, and Two-Roll Sets of them for $32.95. Generally these products provide a great opportunity for collectors not only to get the quarters, which may not be available at local banks, but also to search for errors and quality strikes.
There are two options for the 100-Coin Bags. One is full of Philadelphia struck coins, and bear the "P" mint mark, while the other offering is full of quarters minted in Denver. Coins in the latter feature the "D" mint mark.
Every Two-Roll Set has one $10 roll of quarters from Philadelphia and another $10 roll from Denver. The denoting "P" and "D" mint marks are on the obverse (heads side) of each coin under the IN GOD WE TRUST inscription.
The reverse features the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. Inscriptions include GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, 2010, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The Grand Canyon quarter rolls and bags may be ordered directly from the Mint’s Web site ( http://www.usmint.gov/, ) or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
The other quarter-dollars in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program that were launched this year were the Hot Springs National Park Quarter, the Yellowstone National Park Quarter, and the Yosemite National Park Quarter. After today’s quarter release, the next and also the last one in 2010 will be the November issue of the Mount Hood National Forest Quarter.
The 2010 Grand Canyon quarters were also released to banks today through the Federal Reserve Banking system, and will eventually make their way to businesses.
They will not be as easy to find in change as the state quarters. Right now the Grand Canyon quarter has a low mintage compared to the 2008 Arizona State Quarter. 69,400,000 were struck versus the 509,600,000 minted for the 2008 state quarter, according to the production figures published by the US Mint.
The coin’s official launch ceremony will be held tomorrow at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park at 1:30 p.m. (MST). The ceremony will be broadcast live on the web at: http://www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov/.