The United States Mint will launch the 2013 Mount Rushmore Quarters Three-Coin Set on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
For $9.95, buyers will receive three numismatic strikes of Mount Rushmore quarters, each one produced at a different U.S. Mint facility. They are collector versions of the circulating-quality quarters that debuted earlier this month.
In the order these numismatic strikes appear in the set, from left to right, are:
2013-P Mount Rushmore quarter in uncirculated quality from the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.
2013-S Mount Rushmore quarter in proof quality struck at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco.
2013-D Mount Rushmore quarter in uncirculated quality produced at the US Mint’s facility in Denver.
Uncirculated and proof finishes have sharper, more detailed images than regular circulating coins. Presses using greater forces are needed to create the effect, and the U.S. Mint adds extra steps like hand-polished proof blanks and specially polished dies to accomplish the proof finish, which has frosted, sculpted foregrounds and mirror-like backgrounds.
These Mount Rushmore quarters are affixed within clear, protective plastic upon a durable yet illustrative display card. On the front appears a picturesque scene of the famous Mount Rushmore Memorial, located deep in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
A brief description is given on the backside of the cardstock, which provides some details about the memorial and the coins. Also on the back is a Certificate of Authenticity.
National Site or National Park Quarter Releases
Mount Rushmore quarters conclude the 2013-dated issues of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The first ones in the series appeared in 2010, and the final one is expected to release in 2021. In all, 56 quarters will be issued, five each year, and one national park or national site from every state, territory, and the District of Columbia will be featured on the coins. The Mount Rushmore quarter is the 20th overall.
Kicking off this year were quarters honoring White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial of Ohio, and Great Basin National Park of Nevada. They were then followed by quarters featuring Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland.
Mount Rushmore Quarter Designs
South Dakota’s crown memorial features the heads of former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It was first established as a national site on March 3, 1925, but the carving of the memorial lasted from 1927 to 1941.
For the quarter’s design, Joseph Menna chose to depict an image of the carving work in progress. Inspired by photos of men who were adding the final details to Thomas Jefferson’s face, the artwork shows Jefferson’s profile in the foreground and Washington’s profile in the background. Scaffolding, ropes, and the men with tools are also featured. The portrayal was intended to offer a unique and educational perspective on how Mount Rushmore was created and sculpted.
Reverse inscriptions are MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Obverses on every America the Beautiful Quarter features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. It has been restored for the program to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and QUARTER DOLLAR.
Ordering Mount Rushmore Quarters Three-Coin Sets
Ordering is simple. The Mount Rushmore Quarters Three-Coin Set will be available starting at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 19, via the U.S. Mint’s online catalog at http://catalog.usmint.gov/ or by telephone by calling 1-800-U.S.A-MINT (872-6468).
No product limits are in place. Demand determines the final product limit.
Other Mount Rushmore Coins
It should be noted that Mount Rushmore has appeared on other US Mint coinage, like the three 1991 Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Commemorative Coins and the 2006 South Dakota quarter issued under the 50 State Quarters® Program.