New National Parks Quarters
If you enjoy changing
quarter designs, you may be happy for many more
years. Legislation was introduced in the House
Wednesday calling for a new 11-year series of
circulating quarters starting in 2010.
The quarters are to be "emblematic of a national
park or other national site in each State, the
District of Columbia, and each territory of the
With the popular 50 States Quarter® Program
ending this year and the new six quarter D.C.
and U.S. Territories Quarter Program beginning
and ending next year, the obverse or heads of
the quarter-dollar coin was to revert to its
original design of 1998. Now, an entire
generation may go by before that happens.
Yet, new reverse quarter designs featuring
national parks and sites would result in unique
and potentially very attractive coins.
The bill, H.R. 6184, was introduced by Rep.
Michael Castle [R-DE], Rep. Luis Gutierrez
[D-IL], and Carolyn Maloney [D-NY] and is
entitled America’s Beautiful National Parks
Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
It’s in the early phase of introduction, but
surprisingly well outlined. Several key
legislative statements would require:
The quarter dollars series to begin in 2010
Reverse designs emblematic of 1 national site in
each State, D.C. and U.S. Territory
Quarters issued in the order in which sites were
first established as a national site.
An issue rate of 5 new designs each year
The U.S. Mint would also have authorization to
issue uncirculated, proof and silver versions of
Interestingly, there’s a clause that could
extend the series further.
" SECOND ROUND AT DISCRETION OF SECRETARY- (i)
DETERMINATION- The Secretary may make a
determination before the end of the 9-year
period beginning when the first quarter dollar
is issued under this subsection to continue the
period of issuance until a second national site
in each State, the District of Columbia, and
each territory referred to in this subsection
has been honored with a design on a quarter
For H.R. 6184 to become law, it must pass the
House, Senate and Presidential signature.