The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will see five new strikes in 2012, the third of which will be the 2012 Acadia National Park Quarter. The coin marks the thirteenth issue for the program as a whole which launched in 2010. The quarter dollar for the state of Maine is scheduled to enter circulation with a release date of June 11, 2012.
Five reverse designs for the Acadia National Park Quarter were created for the United States Mint and presented to parties for comment. As an official part of the process, the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) reviewed the candidate designs and offered their recommendations back in late 2010. These recommendations along with those from other parties, including the United States Mint, were given to the Treasury Secretary who is responsible for making all the final design selections for the America the Beautiful Quarters. On December 8, 2011, the United States Mint announced the design and offered a line art image of it, shown on this page.
The reverse, designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Joseph Menna, depicts a scene of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Acadia’s rough coastline. Inscriptions on the reverse include ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Obverses of all America the Beautiful Quarters include John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington. The image is one that has been restored to include the "subtle details and the beauty of the original model," unlike earlier quarters before the program. Inscriptions shown on the obverse include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
When first offered into circulation through the Federal Reserve Banks, the United States Mint will likely also make the coins available for direct purchase. In past years, the similar strikes were available in 100-coin bags or two-roll sets.
Additional 2012 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- El Yunque National Forest Quarter
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter
- Denali National Park Quarter
Five ounce coins will also be issued by the United States Mint containing the same designs as found on Acadia National Park Quarter. They include the investor Acadia America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin and the numismatic or collector Acadia America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
Acadia National Park in Maine
Honored as the first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia is located in the state of Maine and preserves a location central to many cultures including Native Americans and European settlers.
The park consists mostly of 47 square miles on Mount Desert Island, but also includes areas of the smaller island Isle au Haut and part of the Schoodic Peninsula. An estimated 2.2 million visitors a year take in the area’s beautiful coastal views as well as the other recreational opportunities the area has to offer.
Visitors to the park must be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Summer temperatures can normally range from 45 to 85 degrees with the other seasons seeing much cooler highs. Fog and rain are also a common occurrence.
President Woodrow Wilson originally protected the area in 1916 as the Sieur de Monts National Monument. It only took a few years for individuals to recognize the importance and beauty of the area and to push for additional protections. In 1919, the Lafayette National Park was created named after the influential American Revolution supporter Marquis de Lafayette. Finally, in 1929 it was given the name we know it by today, Acadia National Park.
Of interest, philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was instrumental in the creation of many of the parks trails in the early part of the 1900’s. His funding of architect Beatrix Farrand resulted in nearly 50 miles of the carriage trails created within the park and 17 granite bridges. Rockefeller was also largely responsible for the park’s rebuilding after a large portion of it burned in 1947. The natural re-growth seen since then is considered by many to be more beautiful than it was before the fire.