2010 America the Beautiful Quarters images were just published by the United States Mint to the delight of many waiting for their release. The high resolution images provide a photo realistic view of the coins as has never before been seen.
The 2010 quarters will be the very first in a series of fifty-six to commemorate a National Park or National Site in every American state and territory, and the District of Columbia. (See the entire Quarters National Park and Site List.) The coins will be released into circulation at a rate of five per year, with a single ending issue in 2021.
Each circulating quarter will honor a specific site by featuring a reverse or tails side design that is emblematic of it. The obverse or heads side will continue to depict the familiar portrait of George Washington.
The beginning five coins in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program feature themes honoring Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
Until recently, only line art images of the designs were available for the 2010 quarters. And those were just released by the Mint on March, 24, 2010. Prior to that, proposed designs of 3 to 4 per site were available (19 in total). It was these candidates that had to be widdled down for the final selections.
The following are the year’s quarter-dollar images, as well as the release dates for each.
2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter – Arkansas
The first quarter in the new series features the Hot Springs National Park headquarters building with a fountain in the foreground. To the side of the door on the building is the National Park Service emblem. The coin was designed by Don Everhart and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The issue date is April 19, 2010, with a release ceremony on April 20, 2010 that coincides with the 178th anniversary of the park.
2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter – Wyoming
The quarter, both designed and sculpted by Don Everhart, depicts the Old Faithful geyser with a mature bull bison in the foreground. The Yellowstone quarter will be issued for circulation on June 1, 2010.
2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter – California
Designed by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the quarter image features El Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor and is the largest monolith of granite in the world. It will be released into circulation on July 26, 2010.
2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter – Arizona
The quarter image depicts the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. Designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, it will be released into circulation on September 20, 2010.
2010 Mount Hood National Forest Quarter (Oregon)
The quarter-dollar features a view of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground. It was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Its issue date is November 15, 2010.
With the initial launch of each quarter, the Mint will offer bags and rolls of the quarters for a premium over their 25 cent face value. Although they cost more to acquire this way, coin collectors often order them as an easier way to get both Philadelphia and Denver struck coins for their collection. Available options include a two-roll set priced at $32.95 each and 100-coin bags priced at $35.95 each.
The above designs will also be seen the first five America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins. These .999 fine silver pieces will be issued by the Mint beginning later this summer. The coins weigh 5 ounces and are 3 inches in diameter, making them the biggest bullion silver coins ever issued by the Mint.