WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will offer collectible bags and two–roll sets containing Grand Canyon National Park quarters beginning at noon Eastern Time (ET) on September 20. The two–roll sets are priced at $32.95 each and the 100–coin bags are priced at $35.95 each. The Grand Canyon National Park quarter is the fourth coin released through the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
Collectors may place their orders at the United States Mint’s secure Web site, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or at the toll–free number, 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers may order at 1–888–321–MINT. A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders.
The bags and rolls contain coins that were struck on the main production floors of the United States Mint facilities at Denver and Philadelphia for use in general circulation. The two–roll set includes one roll each of 40 coins–one each bearing the “P” and “D” mint marks–wrapped in distinctive packaging displaying the name of the national park or site, state abbreviation, mint of origin, and “$10”, the face value of its contents. A tag is attached to each 100–coin bag denoting the mint of origin, name of the national park or site, and the state abbreviation.
The coin’s reverse (tails side) design, by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Phebe Hemphill, features a view of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. (Marble Canyon is the northernmost section of the Grand Canyon.) Inscriptions on the reverse are GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The design featured on the coin’s obverse (heads side) is the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions on the obverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage. Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on–sale date and time of September 20, 2010, noon ET, shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.