2012 America the Beautiful Quarter Designs Revealed

by CoinNews.net on October 29, 2010 · 6 comments

There will be five 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters featuring reverse designs representing selected sites located within Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Maine, Hawaii, and Alaska.

2012 America the Beautiful Quarter Design Candidates

Already preparing for their release, the U.S. Mint has created and offered up for review 24 candidate designs that are emblematic of the four national parks and one national forest that will be honored in 2012, which is the third year of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

The proposed designs were reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) on October 21 and by the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) on October 26. These two bodies are responsible for reviewing all U.S. coinage and medals. While the CFA and CCAC recommended three of the same 2012 quarter designs, an exacting account of each will wait until their official statements are issued.

It should be noted that the eventual designs chosen for the quarters will also be featured on the three-inch, .999 fine 2012 5 oz Silver Coins that will be issued through the Mint’s America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program.

The following are high resolution images of the candidate quarter designs by order of their 2012 release (click on any image to enlarge it):

El Yunque National Forest Quarter Design Candidates – Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest Quarter Design Candidate PR-01

El Yunque Quarter Design Candidate PR-01

El Yunque National Forest Quarter Design Candidate PR-02

El Yunque Quarter Design Candidate PR-02

El Yunque National Forest Quarter Design Candidate PR-03

El Yunque Quarter Design Candidate PR-03

El Yunque National Forest Quarter Design Candidate PR-04

El Yunque Quarter Design Candidate PR-04

El Yunque National Forest Quarter Design Candidate PR-05

El Yunque Quarter Design Candidate PR-05

The CFA and CCAC both recommended design PR-04.

El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. It is described jungle-like with its lush foliage, pretty waterfalls, and breathtaking terrain. Thousands of native plants and 240 tree species occupy the area, of which 23 are exclusive to the forest. About 600,000 annual visitors listen to the little Coqui frogs sing, see large snails, and look for the rare Amazona vittata, an endangered Puerto Rican parrot. Other kinds of parrots are more common.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter Design Candidates – New Mexico

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter Design Candidate NM-01

Chaco Culture Quarter Design Candidate NM-01

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter Design Candidate NM-02

Chaco Culture Quarter Design Candidate NM-02

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter Design Candidate NM-03

Chaco Culture Quarter Design Candidate NM-03

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter Design Candidate NM-04

Chaco Culture Quarter Design Candidate NM-04

The CFA recommended candidate NM-04. No design received sufficient votes from the CCAC to earn a recommendation.

Chaco, a prehistoric city uncovered in a New Mexico canyon, was once a thriving community. Remnants of its multi-storied buildings, ceremonial sites, and distinctive architecture continue to strike awe in its visitors. Taking a guided tour to see the petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, and diverse great houses is a popular activity.

Acadia National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Maine

Acadia National Park Quarter Design Candidate ME-01

Acadia Quarter Design Candidate ME-01

Acadia National Park Quarter Design Candidate ME-02

Acadia Quarter Design Candidate ME-02

Acadia National Park Quarter Design Candidate ME-03

Acadia Quarter Design Candidate ME-03

Acadia National Park Quarter Design Candidate ME-04

Acadia Quarter Design Candidate ME-04

Acadia National Park Quarter Design Candidate ME-05

Acadia Quarter Design Candidate ME-05

The CFA recommended ME-03 while the CCAC chose ME-04.

Two million visitors flock to Acadia National Park to see the rugged, rocky coastline of Maine. The park consists mostly offshore islands, each unique. Hiking the granite peaks and exploring the historic carriage roads are popular activities. Buses and boat cruises offer diverse and breathtaking views of the park.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter Design Candidate HI-01

Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter Candidate HI-01

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter Design Candidate HI-02

Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter Candidate HI-02

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter Design Candidate HI-03

Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter Candidate HI-03

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter Design Candidate HI-04

Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter Candidate HI-04

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter Design Candidate HI-05

Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter Candidate HI-05

Both the CFA and CCAC recommended HI-04.

Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park features two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Visitors can stand at the rim and often times watch the lava. The expansive park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes and a lush tropical forest. A museum with seimographs that monitor the volcanoes lets visitors know where most of the action has taken place.

Denali National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Alaska

Denali National Park Quarter Design Candidate AK-01

Denali Quarter Candidate AK-01

Denali National Park Quarter Design Candidate AK-02

Denali Quarter Candidate AK-02

Denali National Park Quarter Design Candidate AK-03

Denali Quarter Candidate AK-03

Denali National Park Quarter Design Candidate AK-04

Denali Quarter Candidate AK-04

Denali National Park Quarter Design Candidate AK-05

Denali Quarter Candidate AK-05

Both the CCAC and CFA recommended design candidate AK-02.

Denali National Park and Preserve attracts travelers with a sense of adventure. Abundant wildlife and home to Mount McKinley, the park gives visitors a sensation of peace with a gulp of grandeur. Shuttle and tour buses go deep into the interior and offer the best views of rolling mountainsides, sheer cliffs, and prime wildlife viewing areas to see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and grizzly bears.

The U.S. Secretary of Treasury is responsible for making the final 2012 quarter design selections after receiving final recommendations from the U.S. Mint director.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Vachon October 30, 2010 at 5:17 am

If the Hawaii-03 or 05 designs could be pulled off, I think either of them would look cooler than the pure volcano design chosen since I don’t know how well that will translate to monochromatic metal.

jim October 30, 2010 at 7:24 am

Well, the theme is America the beautiful, not people, so the only design that didn’t have a person in it was HI-04 – poor set of options to choose from.

Also don’t understand why 4 of the Acadia Nat’l park designs feature something man made – another poor set of options to choose from.
The Chaco Culture designs are understandable though given the subject matter.

Charles October 30, 2010 at 11:13 am

If I had a say,I think the best designs are,Pr-04/Pr-05,NM-03/NM-04,Me-04/Me-05,Hi-05,Drop Ak-04,the rest are beautiful.

Samo November 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

Thank God they didn’t squeeze a minority person in everyone of those coins like they did with other coins previously.

sofia August 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

i collect quarters and i really like what have done with the
2012 quarters.

Jerry December 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I agree with Jim, there should be no people or man made objects depicted in a national park coin. There may be a few exceptions for some man made objects if a historical structure. Otherwise this series should stay focused on the nature of America theme. Furher design options are needed, poor selection.

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