Coins in America the Beautiful Program
by U.S. Mint
First Coin in Series
to Be Released into Circulation on April 19
The United States Mint unveiled the designs for
the first five quarters in the America the
Beautiful Quarters Program in a special ceremony
today at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. United
States Mint Director Ed Moy treated special
guests and the media to a first look at the new
designs, which celebrate the spectacular natural
wonders that are found in the United States'
national parks, forests, shores and other
national sites. Other speakers included
Congressman Mike Castle, one of the lead
co-sponsors of the legislation; United States
Treasurer Rosie Rios; Harris Sherman, Under
Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources
and the Environment; and Secretary of the
Interior Ken Salazar.
"Through America the Beautiful Quarters coins,
we will be transported to national parks,
forests and wildlife refuges, part of a vast
public land legacy belonging to all
Americans-natural and cultural treasures
protected for our recreation, relaxation,
education, inspiration and transformation,"
Director Moy said.
"This program holds real value in helping
Americans of all ages learn more about U.S.
history, landmarks and culture through
highlighting 56 national parks and sites
throughout our country and territories in a
series of quarters that will live on for
generations," said Treasurer of the United
States Rosie Rios.
The first quarter in the series, which honors
Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, will be
released into circulation on April 19, with an
official launch ceremony in Hot Springs on April
20. It will be followed by quarters honoring
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (June);
Yosemite National Park in California (July);
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
(September); and Mount Hood National Forest in
America the Beautiful Quarters Designs
The image on the reverse (tails side) of the Hot
Springs National Park quarter depicts the façade
of the Hot Springs National Park headquarters
building with a fountain in the foreground. The
headquarters was built in the Spanish colonial
revival style and completed in 1936. The
National Park Service emblem is featured to the
right of the door. Inscriptions are HOT SPRINGS,
ARKANSAS, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The image on the reverse of the Yellowstone
National Park quarter features the Old Faithful
geyser with a mature bull bison in the
foreground. Inscriptions are YELLOWSTONE,
WYOMING, 2010 and
E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The image on the reverse of the Yosemite
National Park quarter depicts the iconic El
Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above
the valley floor and is the largest monolith of
granite in the world. Inscriptions are YOSEMITE,
CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The image on the reverse of the Grand Canyon
National Park quarter features a view of the
granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble
Canyon near the Colorado River. Marble Canyon is
the northernmost section of the Grand Canyon.
Granaries were used for storing food and seeds
(A.D. 500). Inscriptions are GRAND CANYON,
ARIZONA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The image on the reverse of the Mount Hood
National Forest quarter depicts a view of Mount
Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground.
Inscriptions are MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, 2010 and E
Each coin in the series features a common
obverse (heads side) with the 1932 portrait of
George Washington by John Flanagan, which has
been restored to bring out subtle details and
the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions
are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE
TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
"Today we celebrate the breathtaking landscapes
and natural heritage of ‘America the Beautiful,'
by commemorating our country's most treasured
places on our currency," Secretary Salazar said.
"When people come across one of these quarters,
they will see the word 'Liberty' on one side and
a national park, refuge, or forest on the other.
They will know that Americans cherish these
things dearly and desire to share both the
freedom and the beauty of our land with all who
likewise cherish them."
America the Beautiful Quarters Program Overview
The United States Mint America the Beautiful
Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative
authorized by the America's Beautiful National
Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Act)(Public
Law 110-456). The Act directs the United States
Mint to mint and issue 56 circulating quarters
with reverse designs emblematic of a national
park or other national site in each state, the
District of Columbia and five U.S.
territories-the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin
Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands. The quarters will be released
sequentially each year through 2021 in the order
in which the featured site was first established
as a national park or national site. The designs
on the reverse of the United States Mint America
the Beautiful Quarters will rotate five times
each year through 2020, with the final coin
being released in 2021.
For more information on the America the
Beautiful Quarters Program, please visit http://www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov.
Collecting the America the Beautiful Quarters
The quarters will be legal tender coinage,
issued by the United States Mint and available
in general circulation.
"Coin collectors, adventure enthusiasts and
patriotic Americans will look forward to the
design announcement and release of new coins
each year," said Director Moy. "More than 147
million people collected the 50 State Quarters
coins, and we expect interest in the America the
Beautiful Quarters to continue."
Customers may sign-up online to receive the
United States Mint America the Beautiful
Quarters products each year through several new
subscription programs. To find out more
information or to place subscription orders,
visit the United States Mint Web site at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog
or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Additionally, under the United States Mint
America the Beautiful Silver Bullion CoinTM
Program, the United States Mint will mint and
issue silver bullion coins that are duplicates
of the quarter-dollar coins. The bullion coins,
to be struck in .999 fine silver, will be three
inches in diameter and weigh five ounces.
Learning through the America the Beautiful
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will
also introduce a brand new lesson plan format
with a series of interactive educational tools
for students from kindergarten through high
school. Students will be able to take a virtual
visit to the national sites highlighted each
year and have the opportunity to learn about
forest communities and the plants and animals
that live in our national parks and sites. For
more information about America the Beautiful
Quarters Program educational resources, please
"The America the Beautiful Quarters Program
promises a fresh infusion of energy and
creativity for the Mint's Education Initiative.
The program's commitment to education
complements Treasury's ongoing efforts to bring
the fundamentals of economics and finance into
the classroom to help educate tomorrow's
consumers and build a stronger economy,"