The last issue for 2011 in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ series launched on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at noon Eastern Time. The set honored Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.
It is the tenth three-coin set in the program that started in 2010. Every issue is available, at the time of this writing, for $14.95 each.
Three collector versions of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter are featured in the set. They include a proof quarter from the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco, an uncirculated quarter from the facility in Philadelphia, and an uncirculated quarter from the facility in Denver. Each is clad, with a composition of 8.33% Nickel and the remaining balance is Copper.
Packaging consists of a durable plastic card to hold the quarters. The card includes a brief description of Chickasaw National Recreation Area and its reverse design. A Certificate of Authenticity is on the back of the card.
Capturing the tranquility of the park was accomplished with Donna Weaver’s design on the reverse of the coin. The image is of the Lincoln Bridge over the Travertine Creek. The bridge was dedicated in 1909 to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday and has been a popular spot in the park since that time. The obverse is the familiar George Washington portrait.
Collectors can purchase the Chickasaw America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set at the United States Mint website, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). A $4.95 shipping and handling fee applies to all domestic orders.
Also, the Three-Coin Set is part of the Mint’s Online Subscription Program, which works much like a magazine subscription. More information regarding subscriptions can be found on the Mint’s website.
Four 2011 dated America the Beautiful Quarters in Three-Coin Sets launched earlier this year. The first was the Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter in July. The Glacier National Park Quarter Set started in August, and the Olympic National Park Quarter Set debuted in September. It was followed by the Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter Set in October.
Native Americans were drawn to the area now known as Chickasaw National Recreation Area for its peaceful surroundings and rippling waters. Later, hotels and bath houses promoted the fresh and mineral springs. In an effort to preserve the use of the waters, the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations sold the land to the Department of the Interior in 1902. Since then, development of the area focused on maintaining the serenity as well as providing recreational activities.