The final designs for the five 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters are expected to be made public within weeks, although an official announcement is yet to be made by the United States Mint.
Several candidates designs were actually created by the US Mint for each of the four national parks and one national site to be honored this year — Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.
The proposed designs have already been vetted by the appropriate bodies, to include the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). (See the 2010 Quarter Design Candidates. for more information.)
Given the time of year, it is assumed that the necessary design tweaks have been made and that US Mint Director Ed Moy has already recommended five finalists to the Secretary of the Treasury, who is mandated by law (Public Law 110-456) to make the ultimate selections. In all likelihood, Secretary Geithner has likely chosen them as of this writing. In addition to striking circulating quarter-dollars for 2010, the US Mint has several numismatic products that include the quarters. That requires significant lead time to create the coin dies for striking, the marketing material, packaging, etc.
According to reports, the US Mint is planning a special ceremony to reveal the designs, and February is the likely month. The first Hot Springs National Park Quarter is scheduled to launch in April.