Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Quarter to Launch September 21

September 17, 2010, 7:21 am

The Mint and the National Park Service will kick off the fall season by introducing Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park Quarter on September 21 at 1:30 p.m. (MST), on the park’s South Rim, between Hopi House and Verkamp’s Visitor Center.

Since parking near the ceremony is "extremely limited," the Mint is strongly encouraging those who plan on attending to:

"Park in one of the lots at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center or the Backcountry Information Center and ride the park’s free shuttle to a stop near Hopi House."

Grand Canyon Quarters will actually be released into circulation through Federal Reserve Banks beginning on September 20, and the Mint will offer bags and rolls of the coins starting at noon ET on the same day. However, in addition to experiencing a unique coin release, those attending the official ceremony on the 21st will have the opportunity to exchange cash for $10 rolls of the coins at face value. Also, children 18 years old and younger will receive one free 25-cent piece to commemorate the event.

The 2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter is the fourth of five America the Beautiful Quarters to be issued this year. The series will celebrate U.S. national parks and other national sites until at least 2021.

The quarter-dollar program debuted this year with the release of the 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter on April 19, 2010. The 2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter was released into circulation on June 1, 2010, while the third Yosemite National Park Quarter launched on July 26, 2010. The fifth and final coin for 2010, that Mt. Hood National Forest Quarter, will be released on November 15, 2010.

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