2012 America the Beautiful Quarters

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will be in its third full year with the release of the 2012-dated strikes. These strikes will represent the eleventh through fifteenth of the series which all honor a different site of national interest on their reverse, namely El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park of New Mexico, Acadia National Park Of Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park of Hawaii and Denali National Park of Alaska.

2012 America the Beautiful Quarters (US Mint images)

2012 America the Beautiful Quarters

There will be a total of fifty-six new quarter dollar coins issued in the series, each honoring a different national site. The program is scheduled to run from the debut year of 2010 until 2021 when the last strike is scheduled to be issued.

The America the Beautiful Quarters are released at a rate of five per year in the order in which the selected sites came under the direct control of the federal government. Sites included as part of the series feature locations such as national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc. with one site chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US Territories.

"The America the Beautiful Quarters Program connects America to our national parks, forests, fish and wildlife refuges, and other national sites," said United States Mint Associate Director for Sales and Marketing B. B. Craig.

Shown on the obverse of all of the coins in the series is the John Flanagan portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. This image of the president first appeared on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been featured on quarters in one form or another ever since The reverse contains the design emblematic of the selected national site.

2012 Quarter Designs

Congress authorized the series with the passage of the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. Under that Act, Congress required the reverse of each strike be "emblematic of the national sites in the States, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States." Accordingly, the five 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters will include the designs as described below along with some information about each site:

2012 El Yunque National Forest Quarter (US Mint image)

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico - After having originally been set aside as a reserve by King Alfonso XII of Spain in 1876, the area was declared to be the Luquillo Forest Reserve on January 17, 1903 by the General Land Office of the United States. It was elevated to a national forest in 1906, renamed Caribbean National Forest in 1935 and finally became El Yunque National Forest in 2007 by executive order of the President of the United States.

Showcased on the reverse of the El Yunque National Forest Quarter is both the flora and the fauna of the forest. The design includes a Coqui tree frog and a Puerto Rican parrot amidst the vegetation of the region. The reverse was completed by Gary Whitley and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso and also includes the inscriptions of EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2012 El Yunque Quarter.)

2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter (US Mint image)

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico - Chaco Culture National Monument was created by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 11, 1907 to help protect one of the best examples of pueblo dwellings in North America. With additional lands added, Chaco Culture National Historical Park was established on December 19, 1980.

The reverse of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter shows two elevated kivas of the Chetro Ketl Complex along with the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and also includes the inscriptions of CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2012 Chaco Culture Quarter.)

2012 Acadia National Park Quarter (US Mint image)

Acadia National Park, Maine - Originally created as Lafayette National Park on the Atlantic coast of Maine on February 26, 1919, the site became Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929. A large portion of the infrastructure for the park was financed through the philanthropic efforts of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

The rough coastline of the park is shown on the reverse of the Acadia National Park Quarter along with the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. This reverse is the work of Barbara Fox with sculpting duties completed by Joseph Menna. Reverse inscriptions include ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2012 Acadia Quarter.)

2012 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter (US Mint image)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii - The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established on August 1, 1916 on the Big Island of what is now the state of Hawaii (at the time of its creation, Hawaii was a territory). Included in the 505.36 square mile park are Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. These are two volcanoes, the first of which is one of the world's most active and the latter is the world's most massive.

Shown on the reverse of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter is an image of an erupting Kīlauea volcano. The design is the work of Charles L. Vickers who also sculpted the project. Reverse inscriptions include HAWAI'I VOLCANOES, HAWAII, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2012 Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter.)

2012 Denali National Park Quarter (US Mint image)

Denali National Park, Alaska - Denali National Park was originally created as Mount McKinley National Monument on February 26, 1917. However, at that time not even the summit of Mount McKinley was included in the boundaries of the monument. A separate Denali National Monument was created in 1978 with both monuments joined to create the Denali National Park and Preserve on December 2, 1980.

The reverse of the Denali National Park Quarter shows an image of the iconic Mount McKinley off in the distance with a Dall sheep in the foreground. The design for the coin was completed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Jim Licaretz and also includes the inscriptions of DENALI, ALASKA, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2012 Denali Quarter.)

In association with these quarter dollars, the US Mint also strikes United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins® and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coins™. Both of these additional programs contain the same basic designs as the quarter dollars but are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches.

The bullion series of coins are sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers for small premiums above the current spot price of the five ounces of silver they contain. The uncirculated coins are sold directly to collectors by the US Mint.

 

The US Mint releases the America the Beautiful Quarter Dollars for circulation as well as through several numismatic products.

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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