The United States Mint’s first 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ debuted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at noon Eastern Time for a price of $14.95. The new set honors Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. It is the sixth in the current quarter program that started in 2010.
The Three-Coin Set features three collector versions of the Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter — a proof quarter from the US Mint facility in San Francisco, an uncirculated quarter from the facility in Philadelphia, and an uncirculated quarter from the facility in Denver.
A durable plastic card holds the clad quarters and includes a brief description of Gettysburg National Military Park and its reverse design. A Certificate of Authenticity is on the back of the card.
As the first in the America the Beautiful Quarters series to honor a Civil War Military Park, the image on the coin’s reverse depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, which is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge in the area known for "Pickett’s Charge." The coin’s design was created by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The obverse is the familiar George Washington portrait.
Collectors can purchase the Gettysburg America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set at the United States Mint’s website at 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. The Three-Coin Set is also part of the Mint’s Online Subscription Program. More information regarding subscriptions can be found on the Mint’s website.
Five prior America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets launched between late last year and earlier this year. The Hot Springs National Park Quarter was in the first set and was released in November 2010. The Yellowstone National Park Quarter Set started January 5, 2011, and the Yosemite National Park Quarter debuted on March 3, 2011. Next was the Grand Canyon National Park on April 13, followed by the Mount Hood National Forest Set on May 4, 2011.
Originally, the Mint’s game plan for each 2011-dated Three-Coin Set was to launch them at the same time in July, but as the year drew on, those plans changed. The Gettysburg Quarter got the only July date, while the Glacier Quarter will open on August 23. The Olympic Quarter’s set starts on September 20, the Vicksburg Quarter’s set on October 19, and the Chickasaw Quarter’s set on December 20, 2011. As always, the dates for these Three-Quarter Sets are subject to change by the US Mint at any time without prior notice.
The Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 was an important turning point in the Civil War for the Union, and the three day fight went down in history as one of the bloodiest battles with 51,000 casualties. The battlefield was also the setting for President Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, in November of the same year at the soldiers’ graves. As a memorial to the troops who fought there, the federal government declared the area Gettysburg National Military Park on February 11, 1865.