On Monday, April 2, 2012, the United States Mint will issue 2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters in 100-coin bags and two-roll sets at noon Eastern Time. The price for each 100-coin bag will be $34.95, and the two-roll set containing 80 quarters will be $32.95.
The launch coincides with the release of the new quarter into public circulation via the Federal Reserve System on the same day.
The Chaco Culture Quarter is the 12th issue in the America the Beautiful Quarters series and the second issue this year. The historical park located in the state of New Mexico was selected by Secretary of the Treasury, along with 55 other national sites across the nation representing each state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park was established as a national site on March 11, 1907. The reverse of the quarter features two of its ceremonial structures called "great kivas" that are seen near the canyon wall. They are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex on Canyon Loop Drive in the park. Inscriptions include CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The design was created by Donna Weaver and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
Buyers will have a choice between Chaco Culture quarters produced at Philadelphia or Denver for the 100-coin bags. The tag on the canvas bag will indicate the city of origin with either a "P" or a "D" and will have, "Chaco Culture National Historical Park," and the abbreviation "NM" for New Mexico. Printed on the bag is " $25.00."
The two-roll set contains circulation-quality strikes from both US Mint facilities. One roll has 40 coins from Philadelphia and the other roll has 40 coins from Denver. The specially wrapped rolls indicate the facility with a "P" or "D" for the coin’s origin. Other markings on the wrapper say "America the Beautiful Quarters® Program," and "Chaco Culture National Historical Park," plus the abbreviation "NM" for New Mexico. The face value, "$10," is there as well.
Information about the Chaco Culture Quarter release ceremony on April 26 will be coming out soon.
Below is the official U.S. Mint press release about the Chaco Culture Quarter Bags and Two-Roll Sets.
America the Beautiful Quarters Coin Honoring Chaco Culture National Historical Park Available April 2
The 12th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, honoring Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, will enter into circulation on April 2. At noon Eastern Time (ET) the same day, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for collectible bags and rolls containing the new quarter. The 100-coin bags are priced at $34.95, and the two-roll sets (40-coins per roll) are priced at $32.95.
The coins in the bags and rolls were struck for general circulation on the main production floors of the United States Mint facilities at Denver and Philadelphia. The two-roll sets include one roll of coins from each facility.
The special numismatic wrapping displays the name "Chaco Culture National Historical Park," the abbreviation "NM" for New Mexico, "$10," the value of its contents, and "P" or "D" for the mint of origin. Each canvas bag has a tag with "Chaco Culture National Historical Park," "NM" and "P" or "D."
Orders will be accepted at the bureau’s secure Web site, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321 MINT (6468). A shipping and handling charge of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders.
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 April 2, 2012, 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.
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