2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

The year 2011 will mark the second of eleven years for the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. During that year, the sixth through the tenth releases of the program will debut all honoring a different site of national interest from around the country.

2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

In total, fifty-six new quarter dollar coins will be issued in the program which is scheduled to run from 2010-2021. Five new releases will occur annually featuring locations such as national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five territories of the United States.

"Through America the Beautiful Quarters coins, we will be transported to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, part of a vast public land legacy belonging to all Americans-natural and cultural treasures protected for our recreation, relaxation, education, inspiration and transformation," United States Mint Director Ed Moy said

All of the coins in the series feature John Flanagan's portrait of George Washington on their obverse (heads side). The portrait of the first President of the United States was completed originally for the 1932 circulating quarter dollar but has appeared on the quarter in one form or another ever since. Reverse (tails side) designs for the strikes will feature imagery emblematic of the honored location.

"This program holds real value in helping Americans of all ages learn more about U.S. history, landmarks and culture through highlighting 56 national parks and sites throughout our country and territories in a series of quarters that will live on for generations," said Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios.

2011 Quarter Designs

The America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 that authorized this series of coins dictates that their order release will be dependent upon the order in which the selected sites came under the direct control of the federal government. The America the Beautiful Quarters scheduled to be issued in 2011 include:

Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter

Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania- The Park was established by the War Department on February 11, 1895 to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg fought there and to remember those who were injured or killed as a result of that action. The War Department transferred ownership of the park to the National Park Service in 1933, where it remains today.

Considered the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War as it resulted in well over 45,000 casualties, the Battle of Gettysburg is also acknowledged by most as the turning point of the War. Following its conclusion, Union forces continued to achieve victories over Confederate forces resulting in their eventual surrender. (See 2011 Gettysburg Quarter.)

Glacier National Park Quarter

Glacier National Park, Montana - Glacier National Park was originally created as a forest preserve in 1897. It was redesignated a national park on May 11, 1910 and today consists of over one million acres of scenic beauty.

Found within the park's borders are over 130 named lakes and over 1,000 different species of plants and animals including two threatened species of mammals, the grizzly bear and the Canadian lynx. Over two million visitors are drawn to Glacier each year with most partaking of the breathtaking views offered on the  Going-to-the-Sun Road. (See 2011 Glacier Quarter.)

Olympic National Park Quarter`

Olympic National Park, Washington - Olympic National Park was originally created as Mount Olympus National Monument in 1909. Congress authorized its redesignation to a national park in 1938.

The park is located on the Olympic Peninsula of the state of Washington. A mountain range divides the peninsula from the rest of the mainland resulting in many of the flora and fauna found within the park to be unique to the region. (See 2011 Olympic Quarter.)

Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter

Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi - This military park was established by the War Department on February 21, 1899. Its management was turned over to the National Park Service on August 10, 1933 where it remains today.

The park commemorates the Battle of Vicksburg that occurred during the American Civil War along with the greater Vicksburg Campaign that led up to the battle. A national cemetery can be found within the park as well as many memorials and markers. Visitors are also able to tour a restored Civil War gunboat known as the USS Cairo. (See 2011 Vicksburg Quarter.)

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma - An original 640 acres purchased from the Chickasaw Indian Nation is seen as the beginning of this national recreation area that was established in 1902. Today, it has grown to almost 10,000 acres, with 24% of that acreage covered in water.

Many activities are offered within the Recreation Area including boating, camping, hiking and fishing - enough activities to draw in well over one million visitors annually. (See 2011 Chickasaw Quarter.)

Authorized along with these circulating quarter dollars are massive silver bullion coins known as the United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program. Coins in this series are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches making them the largest bullion products of the US Mint.

These strikes will feature the same obverse and reverse designs as found on the circulating quarters but will not be available directly from the US Mint. Instead, the Mint uses a network of authorizes purchasers for all of its bullion products which buys the coins in bulk from the Mint and resells them to the public for a small premium above the current spot price of the precious metal they contain.

The US Mint will also release collector versions it has dubbed America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coins. These will be sold directly by the Mint to the public.

The US Mint has not published released dates for the five ounce coins, but they are expected in 2011.

 

Aside from the America the Beautiful Quarters one might be able to obtain in circulation, the US Mint also offers the coins in several different product options including 100-coin bags and two-rolls sets.

America the Beautiful Quarters Specifications

Mintmark: D, P, S
Finish/Condition: Circulated, Uncirculated Proof
Composition: Circulated: Cupro-Nickel Clad (8.33% Nickel, Balance Cu)
Weight: 5.670 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm or 0.955 inches
Thickness: 1.75 mm
Edge: reeded (119 reeds)
Date of Issue: 2010-2021

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