The United States Mint 2010 preliminary production figures for the Mount Hood National Forest Quarter were reported at 68.8 million. Final mintage numbers are expected within weeks.
These production numbers represent coins produced for circulation via Federal Reserve Banks as well as the rolls and bags of coins that are sold on the United States Mint’s website.
The Mount Hood National Forest Quarter is the fifth and last coin of 2010 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.It was released on November 15, 2010.
The mintages show fewer Mount Hood National Forest Quarters were struck than the prior two quarter-dollars, which honored Grand Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park. Their mintages totaled 70.2 million and 70 million, respectively.
Of the 68.8 million Mount Hood quarters produced, 34.4 million were struck at the U.S. Mint facility in Denver, and the other half were struck in Philadelphia. For comparison, the 2010 quarter with the fewest strikes remains the Philadelphia minted Yellowstone National Park Quarter, at 33.6 million.
It will be interesting to see if Mount Hood’s quarter mintages stay at 68.8 million when the final figures are released in early 2011. Mintages for the Hot Springs Quarter that launched in April of last year increased in September, and that could have been a result of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Bulk Purchase Program. Given that the latest numbers were reported recently, changes are not expected.
Below is a current chart of the US Mint’s quarter mintages as of this writing.
|Hot Springs National Park||34,000,000||35,600,000||69,600,000|
|Yellowstone National Park||34,800,000||33,600,000||68,400,000|
|Yosemite National Park||34,800,000||35,200,000||70,000,000|
|Grand Canyon National Park||35,400,000||34,800,000||70,200,000|
|Mount Hood National Forest||34,400,000||34,400,000||68,800,000|
The America the Beautiful Quarter series was designed to entice new collectors to the hobby as well as honor America’s National Parks and National Sites. Each year the United States Mint will strike five new designs, each featuring a different park, until every US state, territory, and the District of Columbia are recognized. The program is scheduled to conclude in 2021.