2010 Grand Canyon Quarter

Honoring perhaps the best known national park in the world is the 2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter. Issued on September 20, 2010, the coin is the fourth release of 56 in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program from the US Mint.

2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter

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The Grand Canyon has been in the making for millennia, owing mostly to the erosive effects of the Colorado River which winds through the bottom of it. Located in Arizona, the park consists of over 1.2 million acres and receives over 4 million visitors annually, mostly to its South Rim area.

Aside from the Native Americans who had known the area for centuries, many explorers ventured into the canyon during the 1800's, including John Wesley Powell. It was not until 1906, however, that the area came under Federal protection when President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a Federal Game Preserve. In 1908, he changed its status to a US National Monument. Finally, in 1919 it became the 17th United States National Park.

Summer is the ideal time to visit the park, with winter conditions even going so far as to close down the North Rim visitors area.

Grand Canyon Quarter Design

George Washington is seen on the obverse of the Grand Canyon Quarter as he has been on all quarters for decades. This version is based on John Flanagan's portrait. Also shown are the inscriptions 'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty,' 'In God We Trust' and the mintmark.

The reverse features a scene of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. It was designed by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill and also shows the inscriptions of 'Grand Canyon,' 'Arizona,' 'E Pluribus Unum,' and '2010.'

Grand Canyon Quarter Specifications

Mintmark: P, D, S
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Weight: 5.670 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Date of Issue: 2010
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill

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