The new series of America the Beautiful Quarters continues the recent tradition of highlighting the beauty and diversity of the country with unique reverse designs for circulating quarter dollars. The present series will feature National Parks and sites from each of the 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Collectors can look forward to the 56 different designs, which will be issued from 2010 to 2021. The coins will be released at a rate of five different designs per year, with one design released in the final year of the series.
This site provides information on the new America the Beautiful Quarters, including a look at each coin of the series, release dates for upcoming issues, launch ceremony information, mintage figures, and original design candidates prepared by the US Mint.
America the Beautiful Quarters Program
America the Beautiful Quarters are authorized under Public Law 110-456 America’s Beautiful National parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The authorizing legislation was introduced on June 4, 2008 as H.R. 6184 and signed into law on December 23, 2008 by President George W. Bush.
The Act provides for the “redesign and issuance of quarters dollars emblematic of National Sites in each state, the District of Columbia, and each territory.” Guidelines are provided for the selection of sites, design approval process, order of release, and the period of issuance.
The Secretary of the Treasury is also provided with the option of extending the America the Beautiful Quarters series to a second round of designs, which he or she may exercise at any time prior to the ninth year of the series.
America the Beautiful Quarter Designs
The reverse design for each quarter is developed through cooperation of the United States Mint and the Federal entity responsible for the supervision, management, or conservancy of each site. A liaison is appointed to provide the US Mint with source documents that will be used to prepare candidate designs.
Design proposals for each America the beautiful Quarter are reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, the governor of each jurisdiction, and the Secretary of the Interior. The final designs are selected by the United States Secretary of the Treasury, taking into account the recommendation of the United States Mint and the feedback provided through the review process.
The obverse design of each quarter will feature a portrait of George Washington. It will be a restored version of the original design used for the 1932 Washington Quarter.
Schedule and Release Dates
The Secretary of the Treasury was required to selected the 56 National Parks and sites to be featured for the series within 270 days of enactment of the bill. On September 9, 2009, the register of sites for the program was unveiled. The order of release was also established based on the order the sites were federally designated.
The five America the Beautiful Quarters to be released in 2010 feature Hot Springs National Park of Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park of Wyoming, Yosemite National Park of California, Grand Canyon National Park of Arizona, and Mount Hood National Forest of Oregon.
America the Beautiful Silver Bullion
The authorizing legislation for America the Beautiful Quarters series also provided for a unique silver bullion coin program. For the duration of the series, over-sized silver bullion duplicates of each quarter will be produced by the United States Mint. Each coin will contain 5 ounces of .999 fine silver and have a diameter of 3 inches. The designs will be an exact duplicate of each quarter, including the denomination “quarter dollar.”
The silver bullion coins will be available during the calendar year of release for the corresponding quarter. The coins will be sold through the US Mint’s network of authorized bullion dealers. The National Park Service will also be given the opportunity to purchase the coins for resale to the public, possibly repackaged as a unique collectible.