WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will accept orders for 100–coin bags and two–roll sets containing the Vicksburg National Military Park quarter starting at noon Eastern Time (ET) on August 29. The bags are priced at $49.95 each and the two–roll sets at $39.95 each.
The coins in the bags and rolls were struck on the main production floors of the United States Mint facilities at Denver and Philadelphia for use in general circulation but have never been released into circulation. The two–roll sets (40 coins per roll) include one roll each bearing the “P” and “D” mint marks. The special numismatic packaging displays the name “Vicksburg National Military Park,” the abbreviation “MS” for Mississippi, “$10,” the value of its contents, and “P” or “D” for the mint of origin. Each canvas bag has a tag with “Vicksburg National Military Park,” “MS” and “P” or “D.”
Orders will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or at 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers may order at 1–888–321 MINT (6468). A fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders to cover shipping and handling costs.
The Vicksburg National Military Park quarter is the ninth coin issued in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a 12–year initiative to honor 56 national parks and national sites in each state, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The coin’s reverse (tails side) design depicts the USS Cairo on the Yazoo River as it would have looked when it served the Union Navy during the Civil War. Inscriptions are VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Joseph Menna.
The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing 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 August 29, 2011, 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.