Two recent announcements from the United States Mint revealed the details of the upcoming ceremonial launch of the 2011 Chickasaw quarter and the coin exchange that will follow, plus the sale of the quarters in bags and rolls.
As the tenth design in the America the Beautiful Quarters® and being the fifth and last for 2011, the latest quarter honors Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.
Its reverse features the picturesque limestone Lincoln Bridge located along the Travertine Creek in the park. U.S. Mint Master Designer Donna Weaver designed the image, and U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz engraved it.
The first product to debut will go on sale Monday, November 14, at noon Eastern Time. 100-coin bags of the 2011 Chickasaw quarter will be $49.95 and the two-roll set will be $39.95. The set will consist of 80 quarters in all, with 40 from the mint facility in Philadelphia and the other 40 from the facility in Denver. The 100-coin bags will come from either facility of the buyer’s choice.
When the items launch, they will be available at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The shipping and handling charge will be $4.95 on all domestic orders.
It should be noted that Monday, November 14, will also be the day that the Federal Reserve Bank will release the new quarters into circulation through various financial institutions. Since it may take a while for the strikes from both Philadelphia and Denver to make their way into pocket change, many collectors will simply buy their quarters straight from the U.S. Mint in bags or rolls.
On Tuesday, November 15, the United States Mint will host a coin forum at 7 PM for the public, in preparation for the special coin launch ceremony the next day. Tuesday night’s coin forum will be held at the Travertine Nature Center Auditorium in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, and U.S. Mint officials will be on hand to answer any questions about US coins, programs, and initiatives.
Finally, on Wednesday, November 16 at 11 a.m., the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service will host the Chickasaw Quarter Ceremonial Launch at Flower Park in Sulphur, Oklahoma. (The ceremony was originally scheduled to be by the Point at the Lake of the Arbuckles.) Children in attendance will receive a free Chickasaw quarter.
Speakers will include B.B. Craig, US Mint Associate Director for Sales and Marketing and Bruce Noble, Chickasaw National Recreation Area Superintendent.
Immediately following the ceremony will be a coin exchange, where adults can buy rolls of the new quarters at face value, $10 each, from a local bank’s booth that will be set up near the speakers’ stage. If tradition ensues, many attendees will go through the line for the coin exchange several times until all of the new quarter rolls are gone.
Below is the official United States Mint press release about the Chickasaw Quarters Bags and Two-Roll Sets.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter Available in Bags and Rolls on November 14
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for 100-coin bags and two-roll sets containing the new quarter-dollar honoring Chickasaw National Recreation Area on November 14, 2011, at noon Eastern Time (ET). 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 “Chickasaw National Recreation Area,” the abbreviation “OK” for Oklahoma, “$10,” the value of its contents, and “P” or “D” for the mint of origin. Each canvas bag has a tag with “Chickasaw National Recreation Area,” “OK,” 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 with TTY equipment 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 Chickasaw National Recreation Area quarter is the fifth coin released in 2011 and the 10th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The site is unique in that it was the support of an Indian tribe, the Chickasaw Nation. It was first established as a national site on July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. 641).
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 November 14, 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.
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.
Below is the official United States Mint media advisory about the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter launch ceremony, coin exchange, and coin forum.
United States Mint to Celebrate the Release of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter on November 16
Officials from the United States Mint, the National Park Service and the Oklahoma state legislature – along with scores of local schoolchildren – will celebrate the release of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter on November 16, 2011.
The ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. Central Time (CT), in Flower Park on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Highlights of the free event will include a coin exchange where the public can swap their cash for $10 coin rolls containing the new Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter.
Presentation of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter and Coin Exchange
*B.B. Craig, Associate Director, Sales and Marketing, United States Mint
*Wes Hilliard, State Representative, Oklahoma
*Bruce Noble, Superintendent, Chickasaw National Recreation Area
*Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Administrator, Chickasaw Nation History and Culture
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Sulphur, OK 73086
The evening before the launch ceremony – Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m. – the United States Mint will host a coin forum at the Travertine Nature Center Auditorium in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The Coin Forum is an opportunity for the public to express their views about future coinage and to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter is the 10th coin in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverse (tails side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint will issue these quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.