2012 Chaco Culture Quarter

Released by the United States Mint as the second 2012-dated strike of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is the 2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter.

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

2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter

Shown on the reverse of the Chaco Culture Quarter will be a design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park located in the state of New Mexico.

The Chaco Culture Quarters are scheduled to be released into general circulation by the Federal Reserve Bank System on April 2, 2012. On or about that same day, bags and rolls of circulation quality Chaco Culture Quarters should also be available for order directly from the US Mint.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park was originally established as a national monument on March 11, 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt to protect one of the best examples of ancient pueblo dwellings still in existence in North America. The site grew in size over the years to its present-day 33,977 acres and was declared a national historical park on December 19, 1980.

The site contains the largest structures built in North America pre-19th century. From around 900 A.D. until around 1150 A.D., Chaco Canyon was an important cultural and commercial center for the region before being abandoned for uncertain reasons.

Chaco Culture Quarter Design

As with all America the Beautiful Quarters, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter showcases a portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington, on the obverse. The portrait was originally designed by John Flanagan for the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been used on quarters in one form or another ever since. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, QUARTER DOLLAR, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the mintmark.

The reverse of the quarter contains a design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. This design shows a view including two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex.  Also shown is the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon.  Inscriptions include CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Chaco Culture 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 2 , 2012
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Donna Weaver / Phebe Hemphill

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