The United States Mint revealed images of the final designs for the new 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters on Wednesday, December 1, 2010.
The America the Beautiful Quarters® feature 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.
The chosen designs are emblematic of the five sites and will be on the reverse (tails side) of each coin.
The quarter-dollars mark the sixth through tenth in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program which began in early 2010. In addition to the circulating versions, collector proof and uncirculated versions will be produced and sold by the US Mint either individually or as part of a set in various products. The US Mint will also produce five ounce America the Beautiful Silver Coins with the same designs as the quarters.
Check out the 2011 candidates for background on all the original proposal designs. Below are the images of each national site’s quarter and design information.
2011 Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter Design (Pennsylvania)
The Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter, the first quarter to honor a Civil War Military Park. Its reverse design was created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The design features the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument with a cannon in the foreground. The monument is located at "The Angle," the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge. Inscriptions are GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
2011 Glacier National Park Quarter Design (Montana)
Capturing the famous glaciated landscape of Montana’s Glacier National Park was no easy task, but it was accomplished by AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
The Glacier National Park Quarter design that Fox created for the Glacier National Park quarter depicts a classic image of Mount Reynold’s rugged northeastern slope with a mountain goat in the foreground on the edge of another rocky slope. Inscriptions include GLACIER, MONTANA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
2011 Olympic National Park Quarter Design (Washington)
Washington’s Olympic National Park quarter reverse design features a Roosevelt elk as it steps into the Hoh River. A picturesque view of Mount Olympus is in the background. The National Park Service reports Olympic National Park hosts the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the Pacific Northwest.
The Olympic National Park Quarter inscriptions read OLYMPIC, WASHINGTON, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble designed the reverse and it was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
2011 Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter Design (Mississippi)
The fourth 2011 America the Beautiful quarter honors Vicksburg National Military Park. Its reverse design is by AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter depicts an image of the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River in Mississippi as it would have looked when it was commissioned during the Civil War. Inscriptions are VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
2011 Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter Design (Oklahoma)
And finally, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter design depicts a serene image of its Lincoln Bridge as birds fly above. The limestone Lincoln Bridge is located on the southern edge of the Flower Park area and has been a favorite scenic spot since its construction. The bridge was dedicated on February 12, 1909 to celebrate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
Inscriptions on the quarter include CHICKASAW, OKLAHOMA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
America the Beautiful Quarters Obverse
The coins’ obverse (heads side) feature a restored version of the familiar 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan and include inscriptions stating UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
America the Beautiful Quarters Information
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program began with the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456). It started in 2010 and will last until 2021. The US Mint will issue a quarter-dollar with a reverse design emblematic of a national site in each state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia. 56 quarters in all will be released in the same order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or site.
There will be five new designs per year. The first five coins honored 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 in 2010.