America the Beautiful Quarters

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Front of the quarter, with the head of George Washington
The obverse of the America the Beautiful Quarters

The America the Beautiful Quarters are a series of 25-cent pieces (quarters) issued by the United States Mint starting in 2010 and scheduled to continue until at least 2021. The series may be extended at the option of the Secretary of the Treasury, potentially to 2032.[1] The obverse (front) of all the coins depicts George Washington in a restored version of the original portrait used for the 1932 Washington quarter.[2] There will be five new reverse (back) designs each year (one in 2021), each depicting a national park or national site – one from each state, the federal district, and each territory. The program is authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.

Coin details[edit]

Quarters will be issued depicting designs of national parks and sites in the order of which that park or site was deemed a national site.[3] The quarters from three different states will depict parks or sites that were previously portrayed on the state quarters (Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite in California, and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota). Though they will depict the same sites, they bear new designs.[3]

Beginning with the El Yunque (Puerto Rico) design in the America the Beautiful Quarters program, the U.S. Mint began selling (at a premium) uncirculated 40-coin rolls and 100-coin bags of quarters with the San Francisco mint mark. These coins were not included in the 2012 uncirculated sets or the three-coin ATB quarter sets (which consisted of an uncirculated "P" and "D" and proof "S" specimen) and no "S" mint-marked quarters are being released into circulation, so that mintages will be determined solely by direct demand for the "S" mint-marked coins. As of January 2013 initial United States Mint sales figures indicated that between 1.3 million and 1.6 million of each 2012 design had been struck at the San Francisco mint, close to the announced mintage of 1.4 million for each design. Direct U.S. Mint sale of rolls and bags of uncirculated business strike coins continued with the 2013 America the Beautiful quarter issues, with actual quantities again to be determined by customer orders. The mintages of the uncirculated "S" quarters are considerably lower than that of the "P" and "D" mint-marked coins, and are comparable to the 1996-w Roosevelt Dime (also not issued for circulation), which sells in the neighborhood of $20 each in an average grade.

Also notable are the 2010 satin finish quarters issued only in 2010 mint sets with a low mintage of 583,897, and proof and silver proof issues, some with mintages almost as low as the 2010 satin finish quarters.

There are collector versions of the America the Beautiful 5 ounce Silver Bullion Coin Program which debuted in December 10, 2010. They feature an uncirculated finish and contain a ‘P’ mintmark indicating they were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia. The bullion coins were also struck in Philadelphia but contain no mintmark. The United States Mint struck these coins late in 2010 with an extremely limited mintage of only 27,000. The Mint apparently had insufficient time to strike more before the end of the year owing to initial production difficulties with both America the Beautiful Five Ounce Coin series. This forced the Mint to only release these Hot Springs Coins the following year on April 28, 2011. Demand was intense in the first hours of availability with collectors ordering 19,000 of them in the first nine hours. Within two weeks, the Mint indicated a sell-out of the limited mintage strikes. Each coin's price is determined by the current value of silver and the 2010 issues sold for $279.95. Many subsequent issues have even lower mintages and higher secondary market values. These 5 oz. silver quarters are the "Big Boys'" quarter collection and due to their low mintage, have increased their value over issue price, even in the face of declining silver prices.

Year No. Jurisdiction Site Design Elements depicted Release date[4]
(national site date)
Mintage[5]

[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Denver Philadelphia Total
2010 1 Arkansas Hot Springs National Park Hot Springs quarter The park headquarters building with a thermal fountain in front of it April 19, 2010
(April 20, 1832)
34,000,000 35,600,000 69,600,000
2 Wyoming Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone quarter A bison and Old Faithful June 1, 2010
(March 1, 1872)
34,800,000 33,600,000 68,400,000
3 California Yosemite National Park Yosemite quarter El Capitan July 26, 2010
(October 1, 1890)
34,800,000 35,200,000 70,000,000
4 Arizona Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon quarter Marble Canyon September 20, 2010
(February 20, 1893)
35,400,000 34,800,000 70,200,000
5 Oregon Mount Hood National Forest Mount Hood quarter Lost Lake with Mount Hood in the distance November 15, 2010
(September 28, 1893)
34,400,000 34,400,000 69,000,000
2011 6 Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park Gettysburg quarter The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument January 24, 2011
(February 11, 1895)
30,400,000 30,800,000 61,200,000
7 Montana Glacier National Park Glacier quarter A mountain goat with Reynolds Mountain in the distance April 4, 2011
(February 22, 1897)
31,200,000 30,400,000 61,600,000
8 Washington Olympic National Park Olympic quarter A Roosevelt elk at the Hoh River with Mount Olympus in the distance June 13, 2011
(February 22, 1897)
30,600,000 30,400,000 61,000,000
9 Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park Vicksburg quarter The USS Cairo on the Yazoo River August 29, 2011
(February 21, 1899)
33,400,000 30,800,000 64,200,000
10 Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area Chickasaw quarter The Lincoln Bridge November 14, 2011
(July 1, 1902)
69,400,000 73,800,000 143,200,000
2012 11 Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest El Yunque quarter A Puerto Rican parrot and a coqui tree frog January 23, 2012
(January 17, 1903)
25,000,000 25,800,000 50,800,000
12 New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park Chaco Culture quarter Two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl complex April 2, 2012
(March 11, 1907)
22,000,000 22,000,000 44,000,000
13 Maine Acadia National Park Acadia quarter The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse June 11, 2012
(July 8, 1916)
21,606,000 24,800,000 46,406,000
14 Hawaii Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaiʻi Volcanoes quarter Kīlauea August 27, 2012
(August 1, 1916)
78,600,000 46,200,000 124,800,000
15 Alaska Denali National Park and Preserve Denali quarter A Dall sheep with Denali in the background November 5, 2012
(February 26, 1917)
166,600,000 135,400,000 302,000,000
2013 16 New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest White Mountain quarter Mount Chocorua with birch trees in the foreground January 28, 2013
(May 16, 1918)
107,600,000 68,800,000 176,400,000
17 Ohio Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Perry's Victory quarter The statue of Oliver Hazard Perry and the International Peace Memorial column April 1, 2013
(March 3, 1919)
131,600,000 107,800,000 239,400,000
18 Nevada Great Basin National Park Great Basin quarter A bristlecone pine June 10, 2013
(January 24, 1922)
141,400,000 122,400,000 263,800,000
19 Maryland Fort McHenry Fort McHenry quarter Fort McHenry under bombardment August 26, 2013
(March 3, 1925)
151,400,000 120,000,000 271,400,000
20 South Dakota Mount Rushmore Mount Rushmore quarter Workers carving the Mount Rushmore National Memorial November 4, 2013
(March 3, 1925)
272,400,000 231,800,000 504,200,000
2014 21 Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park Great Smoky Mountains quarter A log cabin in the forest with a hawk in flight January 27, 2014
(May 22, 1926)
99,400,000 73,200,000 172,600,000
22 Virginia Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah quarter A hiker at the summit of Stony Man Trail March 31, 2014
(May 22, 1926)
197,800,000 112,800,000 310,600,000
23 Utah Arches National Park Arches quarter Delicate Arch with the La Sal Mountains in the distance June 9, 2014
(April 12, 1929)
251,400,000 214,200,000 465,600,000
24 Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Great Sand Dunes quarter A father and son playing on the banks of a creek, with sand dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background August 25, 2014
(March 17, 1932)
171,800,000 159,600,000 331,400,000
25 Florida Everglades National Park Everglades quarter An anhinga on a willow, and a roseate spoonbill wading in the water November 3, 2014
(May 30, 1934)
142,400,000 157,601,200 300,001,200
2015 26 Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America Homestead quarter A log cabin, two ears of corn, and a water pump, representing shelter, food, and water February 9, 2015
(March 19, 1936)
248,600,000 214,400,000 463,000,000
27 Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest Kisatchie quarter A wild turkey in flight over bluestem grass, with long leaf pines in the background April 13, 2015
(June 3, 1936)
379,600,000 397,200,000 776,800,000
28 North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway quarter A short stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with flowering dogwood in the foreground June 8, 2015
(June 30, 1936)
505,200,000 325,616,000 830,816,000
29 Delaware Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Bombay Hook quarter A great blue heron, with a great egret behind it, in a salt marsh September 14, 2015
(June 22, 1937)
206,400,000 275,000,000 481,400,000
30 New York Saratoga National Historical Park Saratoga quarter A close-up of John Burgoyne surrendering his sword to Horatio Gates November 16, 2015
(June 1, 1938)
215,800,000 223,000,000 438,800,000
2016 31 Illinois Shawnee National Forest Shawnee quarter Camel Rock and natural vegetation with a red-tailed hawk overhead February 1, 2016
(September 6, 1939)
151,800,000 155,600,000 307,400,000
32 Kentucky Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Cumberland Gap quarter A frontiersman gazing across the Cumberland Mountains to the West April 4, 2016
(June 11, 1940)
223,200,000 215,400,000 438,600,000
33 West Virginia Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry quarter John Brown's Fort June 6, 2016
(June 30, 1944)
424,000,000 434,630,000 858,630,000
34 North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park Theodore Roosevelt quarter Theodore Roosevelt on horseback near the Little Missouri River August 29, 2016
(February 25, 1946)
223,200,000 231,600,000 454,800,000
35 South Carolina Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) Fort Moultrie quarter William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts of Fort Moultrie November 14, 2016
(April 28, 1948)
142,200,000 154,400,000 296,600,000
2017 36 Iowa Effigy Mounds National Monument Effigy Mounds quarter An aerial view of effigy mounds in the Marching Bear Group February 6, 2017
(October 25, 1949)
210,800,000 271,200,000 482,000,000
37 District of Columbia Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Frederick Douglass quarter Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in the background April 3, 2017
(September 5, 1962)
185,800,000 184,800,000 370,600,000
38 Missouri Ozark National Scenic Riverways Ozark Riverways quarter Alley Mill June 5, 2017
(August 27, 1964)
200,000,000 202,400,000 402,400,000
39 New Jersey Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) Ellis Island quarter An immigrant family approaching Ellis Island August 28, 2017
(May 11, 1965)
TBA TBA TBA
40 Indiana George Rogers Clark National Historical Park George Rogers Clark quarter George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville November 13, 2017
(July 23, 1966)
TBA TBA TBA
2018 41 Michigan Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Pictured Rocks quarter Chapel Rock, with a white pine tree TBD 2018
(October 15, 1966)
TBA TBA TBA
42 Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Apostle Islands quarter Devils Island, with sea caves and the Devils Island Lighthouse, and a kayaker in the foreground TBD 2018
(September 26, 1970)
TBA TBA TBA
43 Minnesota Voyageurs National Park Voyageurs quarter A common loon, with a rock cliff in the background TBD 2018
(January 8, 1971)
TBA TBA TBA
44 Georgia Cumberland Island National Seashore Cumberland Island quarter A snowy egret, with a salt marsh in the background TBD 2018
(October 23, 1972)
TBA TBA TBA
45 Rhode Island Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Block Island quarter A black-crowned night heron flying over Cow Cove beach, with the North Lighthouse in the background TBD 2018
(April 12, 1973)
TBA TBA TBA
2019 46 Massachusetts Lowell National Historical Park TBD TBD TBD 2019
(June 5, 1978)
TBA TBA TBA
47 Northern Mariana Islands American Memorial Park TBD TBD TBD 2019
(August 18, 1978)
TBA TBA TBA
48 Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park TBD TBD TBD 2019
(August 18, 1978)
TBA TBA TBA
49 Texas San Antonio Missions National Historical Park TBD TBD TBD 2019
(November 10, 1978)
TBA TBA TBA
50 Idaho Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness TBD TBD TBD 2019
(July 23, 1980)
TBA TBA TBA
2020 51 American Samoa National Park of American Samoa TBD TBD TBD 2020
(October 31, 1988)
TBA TBA TBA
52 Connecticut Weir Farm National Historic Site TBD TBD TBD 2020
(October 31, 1990)
TBA TBA TBA
53 U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve TBD TBD TBD 2020
(February 24, 1992)
TBA TBA TBA
54 Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park TBD TBD TBD 2020
(August 26, 1992)
TBA TBA TBA
55 Kansas Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve TBD TBD TBD 2020
(November 12, 1996)
TBA TBA TBA
2021 56 Alabama Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site TBD TBD TBD 2021
(November 6, 1998)
TBA TBA TBA

Year map[edit]

The following map shows the years in which the selected National Park or site in each jurisdiction will be honored.
National park quarters map.svg
The following table has the quarters grouped by year.
Color Year 1st release 2nd release 3rd release 4th release 5th release
2010 Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas) Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) Yosemite National Park (California) Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon)
2011 Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania) Glacier National Park (Montana) Olympic National Park (Washington) Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi) Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma)
2012 El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico) Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico) Acadia National Park (Maine) Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii) Denali National Park and Preserve (Alaska)
2013 White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire) Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (Ohio) Great Basin National Park (Nevada) Fort McHenry (Maryland) Mount Rushmore (South Dakota)
2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee) Shenandoah National Park (Virginia) Arches National Park (Utah) Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Colorado) Everglades National Park (Florida)
2015 Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska) Kisatchie National Forest (Louisiana) Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina) Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Delaware) Saratoga National Historical Park (New York)
2016 Shawnee National Forest (Illinois) Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky) Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia) Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota) Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter) (South Carolina)
2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa) Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, D.C.) Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri) Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) (New Jersey) George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (Indiana)
2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan) Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin) Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota) Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia) Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island)
2019 Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts) American Memorial Park (Northern Mariana Islands) War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam) San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas) Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho)
2020 National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa) Weir Farm National Historic Site (Connecticut) Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (United States Virgin Islands) Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (Vermont) Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Kansas)
2021 Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama) N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008" (PDF). usmint.gov. 
  2. ^ "About the Program". usmint.gov. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  3. ^ a b US Mint
  4. ^ "America the Beautiful Quarters® National Site Register". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Mintage Totals – 2010". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Mintage Totals – 2011". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  7. ^ "Mintage Totals – 2012". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  8. ^ "Mintage Totals – 2013". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  9. ^ "Mintage Totals – 2014". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  10. ^ "Mintage Totals – 2015". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  11. ^ "Mintage Totals – 2016". usmint.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 

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Preceded by
District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarters
America the Beautiful Quarters
(2010–2021)
Succeeded by
undetermined