Park Quarter Comments by House Sponsors
Coin legislation was introduced
in the U.S. House of Representatives last week
calling for the creation of another multi-year
quarter series. The America’s Beautiful National
Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (H.R.
6184) would try to draw on the success of the
popular 50 States Quarters® Program by
Starting in the year 2010, the bill would result
in 5 new quarters per year that are emblematic
of a national park or other national site in
each State, U.S. Territory and the District of
H.R. 6184 was introduced on June 4, 2008 by Rep.
Michael Castle [R-DE], Rep. Luis Gutierrez
[D-IL], and Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]. To promote
the legislation, a press conference was held in
front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
in Philadelphia on Monday and then another at
the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Tuesday.
The three Representatives voice their thoughts.
Rep. Michael Castle
"I authored the 50 State Commemorative Coin Act
more than a decade ago. There has been wonderful
feedback from students, educators, and coin
Even people who had never stopped to notice
their coins before were eager to see what image
would be on the next quarter.
The U.S. Mint estimates that the state quarter
program will make more than $6.2 billion in
revenue, $3.7 billion more than regular quarters
Washington is constantly spending money, but it
is rare for a government program to generate
funds for the U.S. Treasury.
Another coin series I am proud to have
established is the Presidential $1 Coin Program-
which has also produced general revenue funds
for the U.S.
This new series has the potential to be just as
successful as the state quarter program. The
bill instructs the U.S. Mint to issue five new
quarter designs per year for the fifty states,
D.C., and the U.S. Territories.
This new program would give us an exciting way
to honor our national parks and historic sites,
such as Yellowstone or Yosemite National Park or
maybe even the Liberty Bell or the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
"I am proud to support this legislation, which
not only honors our Nation’s natural and
historic treasures, but also benefits the United
States Treasury and taxpayer by generating a
unique source of revenue.
I am also pleased that our nation’s Capital will
be appropriately recognized with its own
commemorative quarter. It is only appropriate
that, in paying tribute to our history, we
recognize the city that has been at the center
of law and justice since the days of George
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
"The 50-state quarter program has been a
tremendous success. This new coin program would
give us an exciting new way to continue
highlighting the unique diversity of our 50
states by honoring a national park or historic
site in each of them and putting it on a coin.
Heads or tails, this bill is a win for each our
national parks, states, and our country. It has
been an honor to work with my good friend Mr.
Castle again on this bill, and I appreciate his
Will another multiple year coin series be
successful? Or will it result in too much
"re-run" noise collectors and the rest of the
public would rather do without?