Today, the United States Mint announced the 56 sites that will be featured as part of America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The legislation which authorized the program had stipulated that the Secretary of the Treasury must select the complete register of sites with 270 days of enactment. One site was selected from each state, the District of Columbia, and each US Territory.
The sites will be featured on the reverse design of quarters in the order they were first established as a National Site. Five different designs will be released each year starting in 2010. One design will be released in the final year of the program in 2021.
The five America the Beautiful Quarters to be released in 2010 are the following:
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yosemite National Park, California
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Mr. Hood National Forest, Oregon
The obverse of the coin will feature a portrait of George Washington. This will be a restored version of the portrait used on the Washington Quarter first released in 1932, “including subtle details and the beauty of the original model.” The State Quarters and US Territories Quarters had used a redesigned version of the original obverse executed by William Cousins.
On one of my earlier posts about the upcoming quarter series, I had raised the question of what the series would ultimately be called. The authorizing legislation was entitled “America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.” On this basis, the name “National Park Quarters” was being used by most people, although the US Mint seemed to be favoring the more inclusive term “National Sites Quarters.”
America the Beautiful Quarters is somewhat lengthy, but covers all of the subjects to be depicted on the quarters from National Parks and Forests to Wildlife Refuges and other sites. I also think this name provides more positive connotations than the other alternatives. It highlights the subjects as places of beauty, rather than the fact that they are sites controlled by a federal entity.
The US Mint has already created subscription programs for the new quarter series. Under the subscription program, the products will be sent to customers as they become available. The programs include Quarter Proof Sets (clad and silver), Two Roll Quarter Sets, 100-coin bags (Philadelphia, Denver, or both), and 1,000-coin bags (Philadelphia, Denver, or both).
Scanning through some of the sites, I came up with a few points of interest. Yellowstone National Park is not listed first, even though it was the world’s First National Park. Hot Springs National Park was apparently established as a reserve in 1832, which predates Yellowstone by 40 years. Hot Spring Reservation later became a National Park in 1922.
Some subjects will be repeats of the previous State Quarter designs, such as the Grand Canyon for Arizona and Mount Rushmore for South Dakota. The Statue of Liberty, which had been depicted on the New York Quarter, will be featured on New Jersey’s quarter this time around.
Lastly, there will only be one design in the final year of the program featuring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. This would seem to give the design five times more emphasis than the other designs of the series, provided it is minted and issued for the entire year. I think most people had been believed that six coins would be issued in the final year of the program (as is the case with this year’s quarters).
Any other comments about the program or site selection from readers? Please post them in the comments.
The complete schedule for America the Beautiful Quarters Program is listed below.
|2010||Arkansas||Hot Springs National Park||NPS|
|2010||Wyoming||Yellowstone National Park||NPS|
|2010||California||Yosemite National Park||NPS|
|2010||Arizona||Grand Canyon National Park||NPS|
|2010||Oregon||Mt. Hood National Forest||USFS|
|2011||Pennsylvania||Gettysburg National Military Park||NPS|
|2011||Montana||Glacier National Park||NPS|
|2011||Washington||Olympic National Park||NPS|
|2011||Mississippi||Vicksburg National Military Park||NPS|
|2011||Oklahoma||Chickasaw National Recreation Area||NPS|
|2012||Puerto Rico||El Yunque National Forest||USFS|
|2012||New Mexico||Chaco Culture National Historical Park||NPS|
|2012||Maine||Acadia National Park||NPS|
|2012||Hawaii||Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park||NPS|
|2012||Alaska||Denali National Park||NPS|
|2013||New Hampshire||White Mountain National Forest||USFS|
|2013||Ohio||Perryâ€™s Victory and International Peace Memorial||NPS|
|2013||Nevada||Great Basin National Park||NPS|
|2013||Maryland||Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine||NPS|
|2013||South Dakota||Mount Rushmore National Memorial||NPS|
|2014||Tennessee||Great Smoky Mountains National Park||NPS|
|2014||Virginia||Shenandoah National Park||NPS|
|2014||Utah||Arches National Park||NPS|
|2014||Colorado||Great Sand Dunes National Park||NPS|
|2014||Florida||Everglades National Park||NPS|
|2015||Nebraska||Homestead National Monument of America||NPS|
|2015||Louisiana||Kisatchie National Forest||USFS|
|2015||North Carolina||Blue Ridge Parkway||NPS|
|2015||Delaware||Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge||US F&W|
|2015||New York||Saratoga National Historical Park||NPS|
|2016||Illinois||Shawnee National Forest||USFS|
|2016||Kentucky||Cumberland Gap National Historical Park||NPS|
|2016||West Virginia||Harpers Ferry National Historical Park||NPS|
|2016||North Dakota||Theodore Roosevelt National Park||NPS|
|2016||South Carolina||Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument)||NPS|
|2017||Iowa||Effigy Mounds National Monument||NPS|
|2017||District of Columbia||Frederick Douglass National Historic Site||NPS|
|2017||Missouri||Ozark National Scenic Riverways||NPS|
|2017||New Jersey||Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty)||NPS|
|2017||Indiana||George Rogers Clark National Historical Park||NPS|
|2018||Michigan||Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore||NPS|
|2018||Wisconsin||Apostle Islands National Lakeshore||NPS|
|2018||Minnesota||Voyageurs National Park||NPS|
|2018||Georgia||Cumberland Island National Seashore||NPS|
|2018||Rhode Island||Block Island National Wildlife Refuge||US F&W|
|2019||Massachusetts||Lowell National Historical Park||NPS|
|2019||Northern Mariana Islands||American Memorial Park||NPS|
|2019||Guam||War in the Pacific National Historical Park||NPS|
|2019||Texas||San Antonio Missions National Historical Park||NPS|
|2019||Idaho||Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness||USFS|
|2020||American Samoa||National Park of American Samoa||NPS|
|2020||Connecticut||Weir Farm National Historic Site||NPS|
|2020||U.S. Virgin Islands||Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve||NPS|
|2020||Vermont||Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park||NPS|
|2020||Kansas||Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve||NPS|
|2021||Alabama||Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site||NPS|