2012 Denali Quarter
Released as the final of five 2012-dated strikes of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will be the 2012 Denali National Park Quarter.
The reverse of the Denali Quarter will contain a design emblematic of the national park which is located in the state of Alaska.
According to a schedule issued by the Federal Reserve Bank system, the Denali National Park Quarters should enter into circulation on November 5, 2012. On or about that same day, the United States Mint should also begin offering bags and rolls of circulation quality Denali Quarters for sale directly to the public.
Located within Denali National Park is the mountain of Denali (also called Mount McKinley). In fact, Congress first created a preserved region in the area as Mount McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917. However, at that time, only a portion of the mountain which did not even include the summit was included with the boundaries of the park.
Since its naming of McKinley, there was an almost constant struggle to change the name back to Denali, the name used by locals for many years. In 1980, the park assumed the new name (which was really the old name!)
The national park consists of over 6 million acres and receives over a million visitors a year despite its remote location which only includes a small amount of paved roads within its boundaries.
Denali Quarter Design
Denali National Forest Quarters contain a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States, on their obverse. This image of Washington was designed by John Flanagan for use on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been seen on the 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 Denali Quarter contains the design emblematic of the national park. The design shows a Dall Sheep in the foreground with a rising Mount McKinley shown off in the distance. Inscriptions are DENALI, ALASKA, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
Denali Quarter Specifications
Mintmark: P, D, S
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Weight: 5.670 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Date of Issue: November 5, 2012
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Susan Gamble / Jim Licaretz