Marking the fourth of five strikes to be released under the program this year, the Grand Canyon Park Quarter honors the national park which is located in Arizona. It follows the release of the Hot Springs Park Quarter representing Arkansas, the Yellowstone Park Quarter representing Wyoming and the Yosemite Park Quarter representing California. Due to be released yet this fall is the Mount Hood Forest Quarter which represents Oregon.
All five of the coins serve as the inaugural year strikes for the America the Beautiful Program which is set to have five new quarters issued annually as part of it. Each of these quarters represent a different site of national interest from around the United States. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five territories of the United States. The release order for the quarters is linked to the date in which the honored site came under the direct control of the federal government.
The US Mint has indicated that the official release ceremony for the Grand Canyon Quarter will be on September 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM (MST). As with all of the typical release ceremonies, there will undoubtedly be some speeches by noted individuals. Following the official function, children 18 and under who attended the event will be given a free Grand Canyon strike to commemorate their attendance.
Adults will also be given the chance to get their hands on some of the new quarters. The standard exchange will be offered where cash may be used to purchase rolls of the new strikes.
The ceremony is scheduled to be held at the park's South Rim, between Hopi House and Verkamp's Visitor Center. Those wishing to attend the function are highly recommended by the Mint to park at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center or the Backcountry Information Center and ride the park's free bus system as parking will be extremely limited near the ceremony.
A Collector's forum is scheduled for the night before the ceremony. These forum's provide an excellent opportunity for the public to be able to ask questions of Mint Directory Ed Moy who will host the forum.