2010 Yellowstone Quarter

With a release date of June 1, 2010, the second coin to be featured as part of the new US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program was the 2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter.

2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter

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Encompassing an area over 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone is located primarily in Wyoming, with portions in Montana and Idaho. It has the distinction of being the first land set aside as a 'national park,' not only in the United States, but also the world. It was created on March 1, 1872 when the President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant signed the Act of Dedication.

In creating the park, the land was removed from public auction and placed under the control of the federal government, which unfortunately did little to protect its resources for several decades. Attempting to maintain some control, the US Army built Camp Sheridan, later renamed Fort Yellowstone, and policed the park until it was handed over to the newly created National Park Service in 1918.

Today, over 3 million people visit the park annually to take in not only its pristine scenery and wildlife, but also its famous thermal features, most notably the Old Faithful Geyser.

Yellowstone Quarter Design

John Flanagan's portrait of George Washington is what is featured on the obverse of the quarter. Also seen are the inscriptions 'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty,' 'In God We Trust' and the mintmark.

The reverse design of the Yellowstone Quarter features an image of a mature bull bison in front of the iconic Old Faithful Geyser. It was designed by Don Everhart and also includes the inscriptions 'Yellowstone,' 'Wyoming,' 'E Pluribus Unum' and '2010.'

Yellowstone 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: Don Everhart

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