White Mountain National Forest Quarters, the first of the five 2013-dated America the Beautiful Quarters, debut on Monday, January 28, 2013.
On that day, the United States Mint will release circulation quality White Mountain quarters in bags, two-roll sets and three-roll sets.
In addition to being the first strikes of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program to appear for the year, White Mountain quarters mark the sixteenth issued in the series overall. The program debuted in 2010 and features five new coins annually with each depicting a different reverse design emblematic of a site of national interest from around the United States and its territories.
January 28 also marks the day White Mountain National Forest Quarters launch into general circulation by the Federal Reserve Bank System. However, it may take some time for any of the new coins to make their way into pocket change as the Federal Reserve only ships the coins based on the coinage needs of local banking institutions and not by any specific quarter design.
Designs Seen on White Mountain National Forest Quarters
Shown on the reverse of White Mountain National Forest Quarters is a design emblematic of the site. The scene depicts Mt. Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range. Birch trees frame the mountain. Inscriptions include WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill designed and executed the reverse.
The obverse of all the America the Beautiful Quarters have the same portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The portrait was originally designed by John Flanagan for use on the 1932 circulating quarter-dollar. It has appeared on quarters ever since, with some minor changes through the years. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
U.S. Mint Circulating-Quality Products with the Quarters
For anyone wanting White Mountain National Forest Quarters now, the U.S. Mint is selling 100-coin bags and 40-coin rolls of the strikes.
These coins are in circulation quality from one of three U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco. Philadelphia and Denver are responsible for producing the circulation coinage of the United States so White Mountain Quarters from these two locations will eventually make their way into daily transactions. The San Francisco struck coins, however, are only produced for collectors.
2013 White Mountain National Forest 100-Coin Bags
The United States Mint offers 100-Coin Bags of circulation quality White Mountain Quarters for $34.95. Buyers have the choice of quarters struck at Philadelphia, Denver, or San Francisco.
The coins are in durable canvas bags which have U.S. MINT, QUARTERS and $25.00 imprinted on them. A label in the corner indicates their minting facility of origin with a P, D or S. The label also shows the year of 2013 along with AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTERS PROGRAM and WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST.
2013 P, D&S White Mountain National Forest Three-Roll Set
For the first time, the United States Mint is offering a three-roll set of quarters containing circulation quality coins struck in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. Each roll has 40 quarters with one roll including coins from each minting facility. Pricing for the three-roll set is $46.95.
U.S. Mint black and white wrapping on each roll has imprints of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTERS PROGRAM, WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST, the abbreviation NH for New Hampshire, $10, and the P, D or S abbreviation for the mint of origin.
2013 P&D White Mountain National Forest Two-Roll Set
A two-roll set is also offered by the Mint containing one roll of 40 circulation quality White Mountain National Forest Quarters struck in Philadelphia and one roll of quarters struck in Denver. The two-roll set is $32.95.
These two-roll sets made their debut back in 2010 when the America the Beautiful Quarters series launched. Wrapping of each roll is identical to that of the rolls found in the previously mentioned three-roll set.
2013-S White Mountain National Forest 40-Coin Roll
Beginning in 2012, the United States Mint started striking circulation quality America the Beautiful Quarters at its facility in San Francisco. These coins, while in circulation quality, are not intended for general circulation. Instead, they are solely struck for numismatic purposes and sold directly to the public in either rolls or bags.
Those wishing to order just a roll of San Francisco struck White Mountain National Forest Quarters can do so for $18.95. The roll wrapping indicates San Francisco as the Mint of origin.
Where to Order the Rolls and Bags
Bags, rolls or sets are available directly from the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), once released. A $4.95 shipping and handling fee applies to all domestic orders.
Pending 2013 America the Beautiful Quarter Releases
As mentioned, the White Mountain quarters are the first of five 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters issued by the United States Mint.
Strikes yet to appear this year honor the following sites:
- Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial of Ohio
- Great Basin National Park of Nevada
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota
The 2013-dated quarters represent the sixteenth through twentieth of the program. (See images of the designs.)
Five Ounce White Mountain National Forest Silver Coin
In addition to the White Mountain quarters, the U.S. Mint also strikes White Mountain Silver Coins composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver. These larger precious metal strikes contain the same basic obverse and reverse imagery as the quarter dollars.
The five ounce coins are in both bullion and uncirculated conditions. As of yet, the U.S. Mint has not released either the White Mountain Silver Bullion Coin or the White Mountain Silver Uncirculated Coin.