For those wanting to purchase the first ever park quarter issue, the wait is now over. The United States Mint started selling the new 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter on Monday, April 19, 2010.
The Hot Springs quarter is not only the first for the year, but also the first in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Their release begins the new 11-year series which will see a total of at least fifty-six new quarter dollars issued at a rate of five per year. The program is set to run until 2021 unless it is extended at the discretion of the Treasury Secretary.
Each new coin will showcase a site of national interest on its reverse (tails side), with one site chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five territories of the United States (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands). All fifty-six sites have already been selected and include multiple national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc.
The obverse of each piece will still show a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. His likeness has been featured on the quarter dollar in one form or another since 1932. In fact, that original design, which was completed by artist John Flanagan, served as the basis for the current image.
The reverse of the 2010 Hot Springs Quarter was designed by Don Everhart and sculpted by Joseph Menna to contain an image of the headquarters building of the Hot Springs National Park. In front of the building is a thermal spring fountain.
These coins may now be purchased directly from the US Mint in either 100-coin bags for $35.95 or two-roll sets for $32.95.
The 100-coin bags contain circulation-quality strikes from either the Mint in Philadelphia or the Mint in Denver, buyer’s choice. At $35.95, this equates to a premium of $10.95 over the face value of the coins.
The two-roll sets have one roll with 40 coins containing the Philadelphia ‘P’ mintmark and one roll containing the Denver ‘D’ mintmark — for a total of 80 coins. This calculates outs to a premium of $12.95 based on the purchase price of $32.95.
Those interested in buying these new strikes may do so directly from the Mint’s Web site (http://www.usmint.gov/). They are also available through the toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The Mint’s standard $4.95 handling charge will be added to each order.