Mintages for 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters started smaller than the 2010 dated coins by several million. The United States Mint produced a total of 61,600,000 of the 2011 Glacier National Park Quarters between its facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. By comparison, the least minted 25-cent piece in 2010 was the Yellowstone National Park Quarter, which registered with a total of 68,400,000.
Educators across the nation have another tool in their arsenal thanks to the United States Mint’s new lesson plans relating to the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program which debuted earlier this year.
The United States Mint today announced that it will join National Park Service officials on Tuesday, April 20, to ceremoniously launch the 2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter. The 20th is a special day for the park, as it will be its 178th anniversary.
The ceremony will be in the administration building of the Hot Springs National Park beginning at 10 AM CT. Typical coin release ceremonies last under an hour, with a coin exchange that immediately follows.
During recent years and prior to major coin release ceremonies, the United States Mint Director has held public coin forums where the collectors and the media can ask numismatic questions and learn about old, new and forthcoming coins.
The most recent coin forum was held in Springfield, Illinois, by Director Ed Moy on February 10, 2010, which was the evening prior to the official release ceremony of the 2010 Lincoln cent.
The Springfield forum was a bit over an hour long, with dozens of questions asked and answered. A hot top of conversation was news and information surrounding the yet to be released 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters. The first five coins honor:
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program calls for 56 designs in 11 years that honor national parks and other national sites in each state as well as the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories — the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The selected national site is featured on the reverse of the quarters with the release schedule determined by the order in which the federal government took control of that site. As an example, as the Hot Springs National Park area in Arkansas came under the control of the federal government in 1832, it is the first 2010 coin released in the program. Conversely, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was established in 1998, so it will be the last coin in the series and not appear until 2021.
The first President of the United States, George Washington, is featured on the obverse of each coin. Washington has been on the quarter dollar since 1932 and the original John Flanagan portrait is still used today (with some slight modifications done by William Cousins).
Newly added to the America the Beautiful Quarters Web site is a dynamic or interactive quarters map featuring each of the 56 sites honored in the new quarters series running from 2010-2021.
Throughout the eleven years, a quarter will be released that features a different reverse (tails) design emblematic of a national park or other national site in each State, the District of Columbia, and each territory of the United States — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, United States Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. Continue reading America the Beautiful Quarters Map→
Although the design of the U.S. quarter has been changing on the reverse or tails side since 1999, their coin specifications have not. The series of 56 America the Beautiful Quarters issued between 2010 and 2021 will all feature the same obverse design and have the exact same metallic composition and sizes.
The 2021 America the Beautiful Quarters from the United States Mint is scheduled to only honor one location, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama.
2010 was the inaugural year for the 56-coin series, with minted coins released at a rate of 5 per year through 2020. This totals 55, leaving just one for the year 2021.
However, a stipulation in the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, which authorized the series, gives the Secretary of the Treasury the authority to extend the program past 2030. The decision must be made by 2018 (year 9 of the original program), and would create a second run of the quarter dollars operated in the same fashion as the first. Continue reading 2021 America the Beautiful Quarters→
The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program began in 2010 and honors US national parks and national sites. The program approaches its next to last year with the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters. These five coins, and the order in which they will be release during the year follow:
When the entire program is completed in 2021, a total of 56 sites will have been honored on their own quarter dollar. Each of these sites are considered to have national interest with one chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five territories of the United States.
The final design selections for the 2020 sites should be known in the early part of that year, shortly before the first coin is released.
The US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program begins its second to last year with the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters. The coins released, the location of the site, and the order they will be available during the year follow:
These five coins are part of the 56-coin series dedicated to the beauty of the United States. Each coin in the series bears an image on its reverse of a site of interest — a national park or other national site, with one selected from every state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. Territories. Final design selections should be announced for the 2019 quarters very early into the year, or very late into 2018.