I have been asking the Mint for the new America the Beautiful quarter designs at least since last November, only to be put off until today. It has been a long wait.
There is probably something deeply ironic that after such a long time that what we get shown to us are line drawings at a special ceremony at noon Eastern time at the “Newseum,” which calls itself “Washington, D.C.’s Most Interactive Museum.” Yes, line drawings at an interactive museum.
We have to wait until the actual first quarter release April 19 to see an image of a coin.
Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios is slated to be there for line drawings.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be there for line drawings.
Ed Moy, director of the Mint, will be present for line drawings.
Dayton Duncan, who wrote and co-produced the six-part PBS series, National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will also be there.
There might even be another dignitary or two.
I feel like the kid who blurts out to his parents on Christmas morning that whatever it was I received, I wanted something else.
But can you blame me?
We’ve waited a long time. Now, doggone it, we have to wait another month.
The program at the Newseum will feature videos of the five sites that will be honored in 2010.
We will see Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Park in Oregon.
With 56 designs stretched over more than 11 years, few collectors will likely remember that our first look at the new designs in the first year were line drawings.
What’s another month between now and the conclusion of the set in early 2021?
Maybe I am in training to be the new Maytag repairman.