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Deer quarters

I know there's a bunch of cerviphiles watching me, so you might want to know about the Olympic National Park Quarter currently available from the US Mint.  They should be available from your local bank as circulated coins, but you can also get them uncirculated or proof direct from the Mint.  I think this is one of the best looking quarters ever.



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I just got the annual silver proof set and the coins look absolutely stunning.  While much, much more expensive than just getting the quarters in your change (nearly $10 a piece with shipping), they are orders of magnitude better looking.  These aren't coins, they are tiny works of art.

Last year's set (Hot Springs NP, Yellowstone NP, Yosemite NP, Grand Canyon NP and Mount Hood NF) is still available from the Mint, $15 for a proof set in cupronickel, $40 for silver.  This years set (Gettysburg NMP, Glacier NP, Olympic NP, Vicksburg NMP and Chickasaw NRA) is $15 and $42 for cupronickel and silver, respectively.

Some time in the middle of next year, the US Mint will release a 5 ounce silver version of this coin.  It's about 3 inches across and, barring a crash in silver prices, will be quite expensive (the current Yosemite 5-oz uncirculated coin sells for $280), but only 27,000 are minted, so this will be a very collectible item.

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mondhasen
Jun. 19th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Very pretty, thank you. I've been waiting for something with a deer on it. I love the Alaskan quarter with the bear, and the Delaware and Nevada horses (Kentucky doesn't quite do it). I haven't bought coins from the mint for many years.
captpackrat
Jun. 19th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
There have been two other America the Beautiful quarters with animals on them so far, Yellowstone with a buffalo and Glacier with a mountain goat.
mondhasen
Jun. 19th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
What this country needs are rabbit coins! I have an Irish 3p that I picked up at a local shop for a quarter, and a Canada centennial nickel that a friend sent me from Edmonton.
captpackrat
Jun. 19th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
How about the Perth Mint's 2011 Lunar Series 50 cent piece?



The Perth Mint seems to be sold out of them, but they're available elsewhere, like Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/2011-Australian-Lunar-II-Rabbit/dp/B0043FB5RA/
mondhasen
Jun. 19th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
That's a nice coin! I'm actually surprised that the country that thinks the Easter Rabbit should be replaced by an Easter Bilby would produce a coin with such an image, YOTR or not.

Thanks for the link, and info. I've looked up the mint and it's nice to see it's not just a "Franklin Mint" organization but something connected with the Australian Government. *snicker* they make Transformer coins! The US mint should be so bold.

I'd love one of these, too...
http://www.perthmint.com.au/images/product/250/0-Discover-Australia-2011-TasDevil-Platinum-1_2oz-Reverse.jpg
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