2010 Mount Hood Quarter
The 2010 Mount Hood National Forest Quarter is the final release for the debut year of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program from the US Mint. Released on November 15, 2010, it is the first quarter in the series to honor a site other than a national forest.
Mount Hood National Forest is located in Oregon with its boundaries located just minutes from Portland. Encompassing over 1 million acres, the area has been under the control of the US Government since it was included as part of the Bull Run Forest Reserve in 1892. It became known as the Oregon National Forest in 1908, and was renamed to the current Mount Hood National Forest in 1924.
The mountain itself was named by Lt. William Broughton in 1792 after noted British Admiral Samuel Hood. As Mount Hood is a volcano, an eruption is possible, but experts predict only a minor chance of that happening in the next quarter century. Even if it did erupt, it is unlikely to be explosive in nature.
Today, over 4 million visitors are drawn to the forest annually who take part in a multitude of activities like sightseeing, skiing, boating, etc.
Mount Hood Quarter Design
John Flanagan's portrait of George Washington is featured on the obverse. Also seen are the inscriptions 'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty,' 'In God We Trust' and the mintmark.
The reverse shows U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill's image of Mount Hood with Lost Lake shown in the foreground. It also includes the inscriptions 'Mount Hood,' 'Oregon,' 'E Pluribus Unum,' and '2010'.
Mount Hood 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