2011 Gettysburg Quarter

The first coin to be released in 2011 as part of the multi-year America the Beautiful Quarters® Program from the United States Mint is the 2011 Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter.

Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter

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It will be released into circulation through Federal Reserve Banks and sold in US Mint bags and rolls beginning on January 24, 2011.

These coins each honor Gettysburg National Military Park, which is located in the state of Pennsylvania. The park was established to preserve and remember the Battle of Gettysburg fought between July 1-3, 1863, during the American Civil War.

The Battle was perhaps one of the most important to remember owing to two major factors. First, it was the bloodiest battle of the war with an estimated 51,000 casualties. Second, the battle is considered by most as the turning point of the war leading to the eventual surrender of the Confederate army to the Union forces of the United States of America.

Preserved within the park are over 1,300 monuments, markers and memorials. Also found in the area is Gettysburg National Cemetery which contains the bodies of 3,512 Union dead killed in the action. The cemetery was dedicated on November 19, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln who gave perhaps his most famous speech that day known as the Gettysburg Address.

Gettysburg Quarter Design

Shown on the obverse of the coin is a portrait of George Washington, first President of the United States. The portrait was designed by John Flanagan and first featured on the circulating 1932 quarter dollar. Also shown are the the inscriptions 'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty,' 'In God We Trust' and the mint mark.

The reverse design, created by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, features the  72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Inscriptions include 'Gettysburg,' 'Pennsylvania,' '2011' and 'E Pluribus Unum.'

Gettysburg Quarter Specifications

Mintmark: P, D, S
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Weight: 5.670 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Date of Issue: January 24, 2011
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Joel Iskowitz / sculpted by Phebe Hemphill

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