2011 Glacier Quarter
The 2011 Glacier National Park Quarter will be the second of five coins released in 2011 as part of the multi-year America the Beautiful Quarters® Program from the United States Mint.
It will be released into circulation through Federal Reserve Banks and sold in US Mint bags and rolls beginning on April 4, 2011.
Honored by the coins is Glacier National Park, located in the state of Montana. Glacier has the distinction of being the nation's 10th national park and was designated as such on May 11, 1910. The park receives an estimated 2 million plus visitors annually.
Glacier consists of 1,013,322 acres and includes over one hundred lakes, over a thousand different species of flora and fauna and portions of two mountain ranges. The park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and together they make up the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
The park area had been a home to Native Americans for centuries, but only gained prominence among the white European settlers in the late 1800's when the Great Northern Railway built through the area and began to promote it as a vacation destination to its clientele. The railroad was even instrumental in the country first declaring the area a forest preserve which eventually led to its national park designation.
Glacier Quarter Design
Designed by John Flanagan, the obverse of the coin contains a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the Untied States. The same design was initially used on the quarter dollar in 1932 and has been featured on the quarter ever since. Also shown are the the inscriptions 'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty,' 'In God We Trust' and the mint mark.
The reverse design, by Barbara Fox, features a background scene of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds. The foreground depicts a mountain goat climbing over the rocky slopes of Glacier's high country. Inscriptions include 'Glacier,' 'Montana,' '2011' and 'E Pluribus Unum.'
Glacier Quarter Specifications
Mintmark: P, D, S
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Weight: 5.670 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Date of Issue: April 4, 2011
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Barbara Fox / Charles Vickers