Reverse designs for the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters were unveiled by the United States Mint today, December 10, 2012.
Currently, the designs are only available as line-art images but they offer an impressive level of detail as to what the next five releases in the America the Beautiful Quarters® series will look like.
2013 America the Beautiful Quarters feature reverse designs emblematic of the following five sites of national interest:
- White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire,
- Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial of Ohio,
- Great Basin National Park of Nevada,
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland, and
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota.
These five coins represent the fourth year of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The program debuted in 2010 and will run until 2021 at which time a total of fifty-six new quarters will have been issued.
Before the Secretary of the Treasury made final design selections for the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters, many different parties had input. Multiple candidates were submitted by artists for each quarter — a total of twenty for all five, with those presented by the US Mint for review by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and by the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). In addition, input was requested from the Secretary of the Interior and the chief executive of the host state of the honored locations.
Offered below are line-art images for the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters along with short descriptions of those designs. In addition, release dates for each quarter are noted.
White Mountain National Forest Quarter Design
Shown on the reverse of the White Mountain National Forest Quarter is a representation of the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range of the national forest, Mt. Chocorua. In the design, the mountain is framed by birch trees. Inscriptions found on this reverse include WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The White Mountain National Forest Quarter is scheduled for release into circulation on January 28, 2013.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter Design
Offered on the reverse of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter is a depiction of the statue of Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry. Off in the distance, the Peace Memorial can be seen. Reverse inscriptions include PERRY’S VICTORY, OHIO, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This reverse design was completed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart who was also in charge of execution.
The Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter will be issued for general circulation on April 1, 2013.
Great Basin National Park Quarter Design
A single Bristlecone Pine tree and its surrounding rocky glacial moraines is shown on the reverse of the Great Basin National Park Quarter. The design is emblematic of the many bristlecone pines found in the higher elevations of the park. Inscriptions on the reverse of the coin include GREAT BASIN, NEVADA, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders and was executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon.
Great Basin National Park Quarters will be released for circulation on June 10, 2013
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter Design
An annual event held at Fort McHenry known as "Defenders Day" is represented on the reverse of the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter. Above a depiction of the fort, a fireworks display is shown symbolic of the "rocket’s red glare." That line is featured in the "The Star-Spangled Banner," the national anthem of the United States, which was written as a poem by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry.
Inscriptions on the reverse design include FORT McHENRY, MARYLAND, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter is scheduled for release on August 26, 2013.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter Design
Offering a view of Mount Rushmore as it was being constructed, the reverse of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter shows two men in the process of completing the work on the face of Thomas Jefferson. Reverse inscriptions on the design include MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
A release date of November 4, 2013 is scheduled for the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter.
Other Coins for 2013 Use Same Designs
The five above designs will be used on the circulating quarters issued during 2013 as well as on collector grade examples released by the US Mint within several different sets. In addition, these designs are shown on the five ounce silver coins released by the US Mint for its America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program and its numismatic counterpart, the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins™ series.
Also see this article for more information about the 2013 quarters.
America the Beautiful Quarters depict a unique reverse design emblematic of a different site of national interest with one chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories. The order of release for the coins is dictated by the order in which the selected sites came under the direct control of the federal government.