America the Beautiful Quarters News & Information

The United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honors national parks and other national sites in each U.S. state, territory and in the District of Columbia. Between 2010 and 2021, and at a rate of five each year, the American the Beautiful Quarters series will feature a series of rotating reverse designs that are emblematic of the site honored. Major coin news and information articles are linked in the table below that shows the quarter sites by year of release and location:

 

The following CoinNews articles provide all of the latest news and information on America the Beautiful Quarters, including releases, quarter images, quarter designs, quarter mintages and the availability of coins in U.S. Mint bags and rolls. Also, see sister site National Park Quarters that is dedicated to the quarter-dollar series.

The new 11-year series entitled America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuts from the United States Mint this year with five newly designed quarters. The U.S. Mint’s second major numismatic product of the year to contain these coins is the 2010 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™. The quarters contained within are […]

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The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuts this year. The first major numismatic product out of the gate to feature the coins will be the 2010 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™. Since the law authorizing the new quarters is relatively new and the US Mint had a substantial amount of "catch […]

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America the Beautiful QuarterNext year’s America the Beautiful Quarter design candidates have already been created and reviewed, although the final selections for this year’s reverse designs are yet to be announced.

The 2011 quarters will release into circulation like the United States Mint favors, versus the accelerated time-frame the public will witness for 2010 quarters

The legislation approving the new park and site quarters was only signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 23, 2008. (Read about the recent coin forum where US Mint Director Moy discusses quarters.)

As a result, before this year’s designs came to fruition, the US Mint had to first go through the process of actually creating the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, line up the 56 national park and other national sites to be honored, coordinate with the overseeing authority for each site, and get production and other Mint procedures ramped up — all in span of a few months.

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Five popular sites from five different U.S. states will be honored in 2011 on the reverse side of Washington quarters.

2011 America the Beautiful Quarter Design Candidates

Listed in the order of their release, the sites will be Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Glacier National Park in Montana, Olympic National Park in Washington, Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.

These five newly designed quarters are part of the quarter series that begins in 2010 and is called the America the Beautiful Quarter Program. They are much like the popular 50 State Quarters Program, touted by the US Mint as the "most successful coin initiative in US history" and produced between 1999 and 2008. The difference is the America the Beautiful Quarter Program features 56 US National Sites.

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On the eve of the 2010 Lincoln cent launch ceremony in Springfield, Illinois, United States Mint Director Ed Moy met with about 60 coin enthusiasts at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, where he answered questions and shared information about the US Mint and its coin programs.

United States Mint Director Ed Moy at Springfield, Illinois Coin Forum

Topics included, among other things, coin release dates, designs, expected 2010 mintages for dimes, nickels and pennies, American eagles, commemoratives and the new quarters and silver bullion coins. This first article installment focuses on Mr. Moy’s answers to specific questions regarding America the Beautiful Quarters.

There is also an interesting response to CoinNews’ Rhonda Kay’s question regarding America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins. Moy describes some of the challenges in striking the five-ounce silver coins, a delay in getting them out the door, and whether they will ever be sold as a numismatic product.

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Theodore RooseveltWhile catching up on the weekend’s reading I came across an article Debate rages in coin world: Theodore Roosevelt or George Washington on new quarter? The article is about how the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee debated whether to recommend that Teddy Roosevelt be placed on the obverse of the new America the Beautiful Quarters.

Introduced in 1932, the Washington Quarter was intended to be issued as a one-time circulating commemorative to honor the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The quarter was born of controversy when Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon chose John Flanagan’s depictions over what had been determined to be a more artistic version by Laura Gardin Fraser. Although Mellon was a collector of great fine art that was later donated to the National Gallery of Art, many knew he was a sexist and refused to consider that a woman’s work was better than a man’s.

As the Great Depression deepened, no quarters were struck in 1933. Toward the end of the year, US Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross was asked by the Federal Reserve to produce more quarters for circulation. Rather than use a new design, Ross ask the Treasury Secretary William Woodin for permission to continue to use Fraser’s design. Since Ross and Woodin did not want to undergo a new design competition, the Fraser designed continued until it was "updated" in 1999 for the 50 State Quarters Program.

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26, to review candidate designs for the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters, the United States Mint announced on Friday. The meeting is open to the public and news media. The US Mint is off to a quick start in providing the CCAC with 2011 designs. […]

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The United States Mint is holding chosen designs and launch information for the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters very close to the vest. The only fragment of information released about the coins is that the five 210 reverse designs are expected to be revealed during a special ceremony planned for February. No specifics have been […]

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America the Beautiful Quarter ObverseThe America the Beautiful Quarters Program kicks off a new 11-year series of commemorative coins beginning in 2010. With the US Mint’s preliminary 2010 schedule now available and by reviewing already published offerings from its subscription service, tentative information on many of the new 2010 quarter products and their prices is available for review.

Similar to the 50 States Quarters Program and the 2009 D.C. & U.S. Territories Quarters Program, the new series features five different annual quarter designs.

These themes, with 2010 design candidates already completed and evaluated by the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), honor national parks and national sites. Featured in 2010, and in the order they will be issued are the:

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America the Beautiful Quarter ObverseAmerica the Beautiful Quarters kick off in 2010. During the next 11 years and at a rate of 5 per year, the reverse or tails side of each quarter will feature a design emblematic of a national park or site in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

[Read about the US Mint’s announcement of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.]

Nearly twenty art renderings were completed some months back as part of the process to select a final quarter-dollar design per location for next year.

Referred to as "candidate designs," these have also been submitted to the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for review.

All of the 2010 candidates are below, with the favorites of both groups highlighted along with their comments.

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