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