2013 America the Beautiful Quarters

Appearing in 2013 will be the fourth year of releases for the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Showcased on the reverse of the five new quarters for the year will be designs emblematic of White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial of Ohio, Great Basin National Park of Nevada, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland and Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota.

2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Line-Art

2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Line-Art

These five quarters represent the sixteenth through the twentieth for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program overall. The series debuted in 2010 and features five new strikes annually each representing a different site of national interest on their reverse. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories to be included in the program.

New quarters will be offered under the program until 2021 when the last of fifty-six new coins will have been released. Each is anticipated to be issued into general circulation as well as appear in several numismatic offerings available from the US Mint including bags, rolls and annual sets.

The obverse of each coin in the series remains the same. It contains a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The portrait is the original work of artist John Flanagan and has appeared on circulating quarter dollars since 1932, with minor variations.

2013 Quarter Designs

According to the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, the reverse of each America the Beautiful Quarter is required to be "emblematic of the national sites in the States, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States." As such, the reverse of each new 2013 quarter features a design emblematic of the selected site of national interest. Those designs along with some additional information is offered below:


White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire - White Mountain National Forest is located mainly in the state of New Hampshire with a small portion in the bordering state of Maine. It was officially established on May 16, 1918. Owing to its proximity to a large population base and its many amenities, White Mountain is one of the most visited national forests east of the Mississippi River.

The design found on the reverse of the White Mountain National Forest Quarter was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. It offers an iconic view of the national forest by depicting Mt. Chocorua found within the forest, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range. Inscriptions include WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2013 White Mountain Quarter.)


Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio - This national site honors both a successful battle and the concept of peace. It commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie won by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry over British naval forces during the War of 1812. It also marks the lasting peace enjoyed between the participants of the battle (Canada, Great Britain and the United States) since the war. Construction on the site began in 1912 but it came under the direct control of the federal government in 1936.

Shown on the reverse of the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter is a depiction of the statue of Commodore Perry found at the site. Off in the distance, the Doric column of the Peace Memorial can be seen. The design is the work of United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart and is surrounded by the inscriptions of PERRY'S VICTORY, OHIO, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2013 Perry's Victory Quarter.)


Great Basin National Park, Nevada - Great Basin National Park was only officially established on October 27, 1986. However, a portion of the park (Lehman Caves) had been preserved as a national monument since 1922. Aside from the caves, the national park also offers many groves of ancient bristlecone pines dating back over 4,000 years.

A single Bristlecone Pine tree is set against the rocky glacial moraines of the park for the reverse of the Great Basin National Park Quarter. The design was completed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon. Surrounding the image are the inscriptions of GREAT BASIN, NEVADA, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. (See 2013 Great Basin Quarter.)


Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland - Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland protects the site of a fort which served an important role in the defense of the nation in its earliest days. It is probably best known for a poem written about that fact as the fort stood against a British naval bombardment during the War of 1812. That poem went on to become the national anthem of the United States, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Honoring the site, the reverse of the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter offers a depiction of the location during one of the "Defenders Day" celebrations held there annually. In the sky, fireworks can be seen which are emblematic of the "rockets red glare" of The Star-Spangled Banner. Inscriptions on the reverse include FORT McHENRY, MARYLAND, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. (See 2013 Fort McHenry Quarter.)


Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota - Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Often viewed as a symbol of the United States, the memorial is a sculpture of the faces of four former US Presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Each of the heads is approximately 60 feet high.

Symbolizing the construction of the scultpure, the reverse of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter depicts workmen completing some of the final details on the Jefferson portion of the sculpture. Inscribed around the design is MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. (See 2013 Mount Rushmore Quarter.)

The designs found on these quarter dollars are also featured on two other series of coins from the US Mint - the United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins® and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coins™. These additional two series are each struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver with a diameter of three inches.

Authorized purchasers obtain the bullion coins in bulk from the US Mint and then resell them for a small premium above the current spot price of the silver they contain. The uncirculated coins are sold directly to the public by the US Mint as a numismatic product.


America the Beautiful Quarters are released into general circulation at intervals throughout the year. In addition, they appear as part of several numismatic offerings from the Mint.

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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