2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

2011 America the Beautiful Quarter Obverse

The 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters are the second year of coins to be issued under an 11-year program dedicated to honoring some of the most scenic or historic sites in the country, and U.S. territories. Featured coins, and in the order they will be released during the year are:

  1. Pennsylvania2011 Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter

  2. Montana2011 Glacier National Park Quarter

  3. Washington2011 Olympic National Park Quarter

  4. Mississippi 2011 Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter

  5. Oklahoma 2011 Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter

Those somewhat familiar with American coinage may recall the recent 50-State Quarter Program which the United States Mint ran from 1999-2008 (with the D.C. & U.S. Territories program in 2009). Capitalizing on the success of those series, the America the Beautiful Quarters Program will be run in the same fashion.

Run by the US Mint, the program was authorized by Congress under the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The Act requires the production of five quarters a year, each with a new reverse design, to run from the years 2010-2021. Continue reading 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Guide

As many in the collector community already know, but few in the general public yet realize, a new multi-year series of coins is set to debut in 2010 from the United States Mint. Known as the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the series highlights the beauty of the nation by showcasing sites of national interest throughout the land.

Even though this program is just premiering, the US Mint is no stranger to multi-year quarter campaign. The America the Beautiful Program follows the immensely successful 50-State Quarters series which ran from 1999 to 2008, which was right before the District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Program in 2009.

In keeping with tradition, the new series follows the same general format as its predecessors. Namely, five quarters (each with new reverse designs) will be issued annually until the end of the promotion which is slated to be 2021. (See the 2010 Quarter Design Candidates.)

According to the provisions in the law authorizing the series (America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008), each new reverse will feature a national park or other site of national interest with the proviso that there is one from each state, the District of Columbia and the five United States territories. The law also stipulates that the coins be released in the order in which the honored site came under the direct control of the United States government. Continue reading 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Guide

2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Designs: CCAC to Review Candidates

The United States Mint has announced a public meeting on January 26, 2010, by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) to review candidate designs for next year’s 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters.

The CCAC is one of the organizations responsible for reviewing and recommending US medal and coinage designs and themes to the Secretary of the Treasury. In the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the US Mint creates a handful of designs in line art form for each quarter-dollar, which are then reviewed, tweaked, etc. Eventually, the US Mint Director makes recommendations to the Secretary who is charged with selecting a final design for the specific national park or national site being honored.

The 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters will commemorate: Continue reading 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Designs: CCAC to Review Candidates

2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Designs: Announcement Expected in February

The final designs for the five 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters are expected to be made public within weeks, although an official announcement is yet to be made by the United States Mint.

Several candidates designs were actually created by the US Mint for each of the four national parks and one national site to be honored this year — Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.

The proposed designs have already been vetted by the appropriate bodies, to include the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). (See the 2010 Quarter Design Candidates. for more information.) Continue reading 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Designs: Announcement Expected in February

America the Beautiful Quarters: Collector Products, Schedule, Prices

Numismatic America the Beautiful Quarters products for 2010 were revealed when the United States Mint released its preliminary schedule for the year in late December.

It was that same schedule which unveiled the very likely release dates for the new 2010 quarters that honor Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Mount Hood National Forest.

The schedule coupled with the US Mint’s already available subscription program, which enables the public to buy future coin products and have them delivered when they are released, provides a general idea of what collector quarter products to expect this year, when they will be issued, and even some preliminary prices.

Here is a table of products, schedule and prices: Continue reading America the Beautiful Quarters: Collector Products, Schedule, Prices

2010 America the Beautiful Quarters: Release Dates

Editor’s update: For the latest release dates for this year’s quarters, see the updated article: 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Release Dates.

The United States Mint has provided the America the Beautiful Quarters Release Schedule, which lists all 56 national parks and other national sites to be honored and on what year.

But it has not offered exact dates for the release of any quarter, to include the upcoming 2010 quarters which honor:

  • Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas,
  • Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming,
  • Yosemite National Park in California,
  • Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and
  • Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.

However, in an unexpected move, the US Mint has published a preliminary 2010 product schedule. (During much of 2009, collectors learned of future product releases only several weeks before they happened.) The schedule is enlightening as it provides the release months for US Mint bags and rolls of the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters. Continue reading 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters: Release Dates