Today, April 19, 2010, the United States Mint began sales for products featuring the 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter. The US Mint is offering a two roll set of coins and 100-coin bags from two different mint facilities. Today is also the circulation release date for the coin.
This represents the first release of the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which will portray a national park or site from each state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia. New designs will be released at a rate of five per year starting in 2010 and concluding with a single design released in 2021.
The Hot Springs Quarter features a depiction of the facade of the park headquarters building with a fountain in the foreground. The headquarters was completed in 1936 and built in the Spanish colonial revival style. The reverse inscriptions read “Hot Springs”, “Arkansas”, “2010”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington Quarter.
The two roll set offered by the US Mint includes one 40-coin roll of coins from Philadelphia and one 40-coin roll of coins from Denver. The coins are packaged in custom designed wrappers which indicate the national park, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value of the contents. The two roll sets are priced at $32.95 each.
Separately, 100-coin bags are also available, which include 100 coins from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint facility. The coins are included in a canvas bag with a tag indicating the national park, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value of the contents. These bags are priced at $35.95 each.
These products can be purchased from the United States Mint online at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog
Tomorrow, April 20, 2010, the official launch ceremony for the Hot Springs National Park Quarter will be held at the park administration building located at 101 Reserve Street, Hot Springs, Arkansas. The ceremony will also mark the 178th anniversary of Hot Springs National Park.