The first 25 cent piece to launch in 2011 is the Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter. The United States Mint produced 61.2 million circulation strikes, as of this writing. This number is a preliminary figure and may change before the final mintage is recorded in January 2012.
The US Mint released the Gettysburg Quarter into circulation through the Federal Reserve Banking System on January 24, 2011 and then held a special release ceremony on January 25, 2011 at the park’s Museum and Visitor Center. On January 27, 2011 the Mint offered them in collectible bags and rolls online at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and by phone 1-800 USA-MINT (872-6468).
As the sixth coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters® series, the Gettysburg quarter has the smallest mintage. At this time, it is lower than the Yellowstone National Park Quarter, whose mintage is 68.4 million. It will be interesting to see if the Gettysburg quarters keep the lowest record.
Broken down, Philadelphia’s mintage, with the "P" mint mark, is lower at 30.4 million than Denver’s, with the "D" mint mark, at 30.8 million. Such a small mintage, compared to other quarter-designs, could make Gettysburg’s P-quarters harder for collectors to find.
Below is a chart of quarter mintages for each issue so far in the America the Beautiful Quarters.
|2010 Hot Springs National Park||34,000,000||35,600,000||69,600,000|
|2010 Yellowstone National Park||34,800,000||33,600,000||68,400,000|
|2010 Yosemite National Park||34,800,000||35,200,000||70,000,000|
|2010 Grand Canyon National Park||35,400,000||34,800,000||70,200,000|
|2010 Mount Hood National Forest||34,400,000||34,400,000||68,800,000|
|2011 Gettysburg National Military Park||30,800,000||30,400,000||61,200,000|
The numbers in this report count only circulation strikes, or business strikes. They do not include the "proof" or "uncirculated" quality strikes, which are specially produced for collectors and are included in different types of US Mint issued sets. For more information about special mint finishes, visit the government’s Frequently Asked Questions page at http://answers.usmint.gov/.
Gettysburg’s reverse design shows the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, located in the military park at the section called Cemetery Ridge. Inscriptions on the coin are GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The obverse design is still the familiar portrait of President George Washington that has been used on the quarter since 1932.
The next design will honor Glacier National Park in Montana. It is projected to launch on April 4, 2011. The remaining designs to follow for the year will be Olympic National Park Quarter, Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter.