Mount Rushmore, located in Keystone, South Dakota, was originally conceived as part of a plan to promote tourism in the Black Hills area of the state. Construction began in 1927, and continued even after the death of the sculptor Gutzon Borglum in March 1941; his son took on the construction. The concept was a head-to-waist depictions of the presidents, but due to a lack of funding, the project was concluded in late October 1941. The National Park Service took control over the memorial in 1933.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter depicts workers putting final touches on Thomas Jefferson’s face. Also included in the design are the incused phrases “Mount Rushmore”, “South Dakota”, and “E Pluribus Unum”, as well as the date of issue. The coin will represent the fifth and final issue of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program for 2013. The memorial was also depicted for South Dakota’s entry in the 50 States Quarter Dollar program.
The 2013 Mount Rushmore Quarter has a circulation release date of November 4, 2013 according to Federal Reserve Bank Services.
An official launch ceremony for the coin will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM MT. The ceremony will be held at the National Guard Armory located at 527 Montgomery Street, Custer, SD 57730. A coin exchange will be held following the launch event where attendees will be able to exchange currency for $10 rolls of the new Mount Rushmore Quarters.
A pictorial cancellation, which may be applied to each roll of launch quarters or other event collectible items, will be available at the United States Post Office located at 643 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer, SD 57730. First class postage is required and must be affixed to each item to be cancelled. A pictorial cancellation will also be available at the post office that serves Mount Rushmore National Memorial located at 111 Winter Street, Keystone, SD 57751.
The Mount Rushmore quarter will be available from the U.S. Mint in the following products:
- in 2-roll sets from the Philadelphia and Denver mints
- in 3-roll sets from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints
- in a single roll from the San Francisco mint
- in 100-coin bags from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints
- as part of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
- as part of the 2013 Uncirculated Mint Set
- as part of the 2013 Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
- in the 2013 Mount Rushmore Quarter Three-Coin Set
- as part of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set
- as part of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set
The design will also be released as part of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins.
Visit www.usmint.gov for current prices and to order, or call 800-USA-MINT (872-6468).