New images of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters have been published by the US Mint. The pictures show the reverse designs of new quarters. Prior to their releases there were only images of the line art designs.
The 2011 quarters will celebrate two of America’s Civil War Military Parks, a National Recreational Area, and two National Parks. This is the second year for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which will feature 56 national sites in all for each state, D.C., and U.S. territories. The selected sites are being honored in the order that they were first placed under the care of the federal government.
The 2011 quarters hitting circulation this year honor 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.
Gettysburg National Military Park was established as a federal government site on February 11, 1895. The area now known as Glacier National Park was set aside as a national reserve on February 22, 1897 and so was Olympic National Park. Vicksburg National Military Park came along later, February 21, 1899, and also began as a National Site. And finally, the park known as Chickasaw National Recreation Area was originally established as a national site on July 1, 1902, which was before Oklahoma became a state.
Below are the new images of 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters.
Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter – Pennsylvania
The quarter honoring Gettysburg National Military Park shows the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge. Master Designer Joel Iskowitz is credited for the design, and Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill engraved it.
A release ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 25 at 11 A.M. Eastern Time at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. The Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter entered public circulation two days later on Thursday, January 27. Bags and rolls of the new quarters are also available directly from the US Mint website (http://www.usmint.gov/).
Glacier National Park Quarter – Montana
The Glacier quarter features a mountain goat standing on the rocky slopes of the park’s high country, with a view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds in the distance. Mount Reynolds is located about a mile south of the Logan Pass Visitor Center in the park. Associate Designer Barbara Fox and Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers designed and sculpted the quarter.
The US Mint is expected to begin selling bags and rolls of the Glacier National Park Quarter on Monday, April 4, 2011.
Olympic National Park Quarter – Washington
The summit of Mount Olympus, the tallest and most prominent mountain in the park, is featured on the reverse of Olympic’s quarter, and a Roosevelt elk stands at the Hoh River in front of the mountain. The coin’s image was designed by Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by Medallic Sculptor Michael Gaudioso.
June 13, 2011, is the scheduled release date of the Olympic Park quarter.
Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter – Mississippi
A representation of the U.S.S. Cairo gunboat on the Yazoo River as it would have looked during service in the American Civil War is on the reverse of the Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter. The image was created by Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Medallic Sculptor Joseph Menna.
August 29, 2011, is the Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter date for its public debut.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter – Oklahoma
The tranquility of Chickasaw National Recreation Area is captured in the image of its Lincoln Bridge with six birds flying above the trees. The bridge is nestled in the Flower Park area not far from Highway 177. The design was the work of Master Designer Donna Weaver and Medallic Sculptor Jim Licaretz.
The inaugural date for the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter is set for November 14, 2011. Bags and Two-Roll sets should be available by noon Eastern Time.
For a look at the original line images, check out the quarters designs article.