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Postal cancellations on rolls were as popular or even more so than the new Yosemite National Park quarters themselves at the July 29 debut ceremony held at the famous California park.
Mint Director Ed Moy and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher officially introduced the new design, which is the third one of five planned for 2010.
“With this quarter, the United States Mint connects America to the wonder, peace and beauty of one of its most awe-inspiring natural treasures,” Moy said.
Neubacher said, “This new quarter is yet another way that Yosemite’s legacy will live on.”
Children under 18 years of age were given free examples of the new coin by the Mint director.
Adults were given the opportunity to exchange folding money for rolls and many did so.
“Once the ceremony ended, the rush for the quarters began as we purchased our limits. The confusion began when the hundreds flocked towards the Yosemite Post Office to get their rolls canceled. It was not until an hour later that the post office set up a table outside to have the rolls canceled with the commemorative stamp and the postal stamp,” reported Numismatic News reader Ronnie Tso.
“After hours of standing in line, we were able to leave after experiencing a horrible mess. Only the kindness and positive attitude of postal employees ... made it worthwhile. In the end, the postmaster confided to those in line that he did not expect the turnout to be so demanding.”