Olympic National Park Quarter Bags, Rolls and Ceremony

by Coin Collecting News on June 12, 2011

Olympic National Park Quarter, Rolls

The United States Mint announced that bags and rolls of the 2011 Olympic National Park Quarter will go on sale on Monday, June 13, at noon Eastern Time. Each 100-coin bag is $49.95 while the two-roll set, containing 80 quarters together, is $39.95 each. The Mint also said a coin forum will occur on the 13th, and the launch ceremony for the 2011 Olympic Quarter will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

The Olympic quarter is the third of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters and the eighth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program which celebrates national parks and cites throughout the U.S. and its territories. (See quarters release schedule.)

The coin’s reverse design portrays a Roosevelt elk standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River, and a classic image of Mount Olympus is in the background. It was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Michael Gaudioso. Inscriptions include OLYMPIC, WASHINGTON, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Olympic Quarter Bags and Rolls

Buyers have a choice between the quarters from Mint’s facility in Denver or Philadelphia for the 100-coin bags. The canvas bag will be imprinted with a tag that states the initial "P" or "D" for the city of origin, "Olympic National Park", the abbreviation "WA" for Washington, and the face value of "$25."

The two-roll sets (40 coins per roll) include one roll from both facilities. The special Mint coin wrapper says "Olympic National Park," the abbreviation "WA" for Washington, the value of the roll "$10," and "P" or "D" for the coin’s origin.

The new quarter will also be distributed into the public circulation via the Federal Reserve Banking system beginning June 13.

United States Mint Coin Forum

Also on June 13, the U.S. Mint will have a coin forum that is open to the public where coin enthusiasts can ask Mint officials about current and upcoming coins, as well as other coinage related questions. These forums generally last about an hour, but can go longer based on how many attendees engage with Mint officials.

The coin forum will begin at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The coin forum location is the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 3002 Mt. Angeles Road in Port Angeles, Washington.

Olympic Ceremony Information & Coin Exchange

The public Olympic quarter ceremony will be held the next morning on June 14 at City Pier in Port Angeles, Washington. It will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Speakers include B.B. Craig, Associate Director, U.S. Mint, and
Karen Gustin, Superintendent of the national park.

Attendees should expect the ceremony to last approximately 30 minutes. Immediately following the ceremony, children 18 an under will receive a new Olympic quarter for free while adults may exchange cash for rolls of the coins.

For additional information on this year’s quarters, also check out the 2011 quarter designs and our sister site America the Beautiful Quarters.

Below is the official United States Mint (http://www.usmint.gov/) press release about the Olympic Quarters Bags and Two-Roll Sets.

Olympic National Park Quarter Available in Bags and Rolls on June 13

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will open sales on June 13, 2011, at noon Eastern Time for 100-coin bags and two-roll sets containing the new quarter honoring Olympic National Park. 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 U.S. 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 "Olympic National Park," the abbreviation "WA" for Washington, "$10," the value of its contents, and "P" or "D" for the mint of origin. Each canvas bag has a tag with "Olympic National Park," "WA" and "P" or "D."

The United States Mint will accept orders 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 Olympic National Park quarter is the eighth 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 reverse (tails side) design depicts a Roosevelt elk standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River, with a view of Mount Olympus in the background. Inscriptions are OLYMPIC, WASHINGTON, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. It was designed by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

The U.S. 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 June 13, 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.

Below is the official United States Mint press release about the Olympic National Park Ceremony.

United States Mint to Launch Eighth Coin in America the Beautiful Quarters® Program June 14

New quarter honors Olympic National Park in Washington

Join the United States Mint and the National Park Service Tuesday, June 14, for the official launch of the new quarter honoring Olympic National Park. The ceremony will take place 11 a.m. Pacific Time (PT), at City Pier in Port Angeles, Wash. Following the ceremony, there will be a coin exchange where the public can swap their cash for rolls of the new Olympic National Park quarter. Children 18 years old and younger will receive a free Olympic quarter to commemorate the event.

WHAT

Presentation of the Olympic Quarter and Coin Exchange

WHO

B.B. Craig, Associate Director, U.S. Mint
Mike Gregoire, First Gentleman of Washington
Karen Gustin, Superintendent, Olympic National Park
Jeff Renner, Chief Meteorologist, KING 5 News

WHEN

Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. (PT)

WHERE

City Pier
Port Angeles, Wash.

The United States Mint will hold a Coin Forum on Monday June 13, at 7 p.m. (PT). The Coin Forum is an opportunity for the public to give their input about the Nation’s future coinage, and to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives. The forum will be held at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 3002 Mt. Angeles Road in Port Angeles, Wash.

The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, authorized by Public Law 110-456, is a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites. Each year, the public will see five new quarters, each with an honored national site depicted on the coin’s reverse (tails side). The U.S. Mint will issue these quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site. The Olympic quarter is the eighth coin released in the program.

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