Quarter Series Starts in 2010
By U.S. Mint
The United States Mint today announced the
nation will honor 56 national sites to be
honored through the United States Mint America
the Beautiful Quarters Program. In 2010, the
first year of the program, the agency will mint
commemorative quarter-dollar coins honoring the
Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas,
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite
National Park in California, Grand Canyon
National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National
Forest in Oregon.
The complete National Site Registry, which lists
all 56 sites to be honored under the program, is
available at http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/?action=siteRegister.
The quarters will be issued sequentially each
year, in the order in which the featured site
was first established as a national park or
"These new quarters will honor some of our most
revered, treasured and beautiful national sites
- majestic and historic places located
throughout the United States and its territories
that truly make us ‘America the Beautiful,'"
United States Mint Director Ed Moy said. "The
designs will help reinvigorate interest in our
national parks, forests, fish and wildlife
refuges, and other national sites, as well as
educate the public about their importance to us
and our history."
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner
approved the list of sites recommended by the
United States Mint on August 25, 2009, after
consultation with the governor or chief
executive of each host jurisdiction and
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
"The America the Beautiful series demonstrates
our nation's commitment to the legacy of
conservation while celebrating its natural
beauty," said Treasurer of the United States
Rosie Rios. "Like other commemorative coins,
these quarters will be a valuable addition to
the U.S. Mint's collection."
"Since our Nation's founding, our coins have
celebrated American ideals such as liberty and
justice, our rich history and heritage, and the
great Presidents and other leaders who have
guided us," Salazar said. "I am pleased that
these new quarters will now celebrate America
the Beautiful, the spectacular natural wonders
that are found in our national parks, wildlife
refuges and public lands."
"From Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon to
White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire,
America's landscape is blessed with unmatched
beauty," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack,
who oversees the National Forest Service, said.
"Our national forests are national treasures and
honoring them is an important step in preserving
them for future generations."
Effective today, customers may sign up to
receive the United States Mint America the
Beautiful Quarters released each year through
several new Online Subscription Programs - a
two-roll set (one roll of 40 coins with the "P"
mint mark for Philadelphia and one roll of 40
coins with the "D" mint mark for Denver);
100-coin bag (P); 100-coin bag (D); two 100-coin
bags (P and D); 1,000-coin bag (P); 1,000-coin
bag (D); two 1,000-coin bags (P and D); United
States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof
SetTM; and United States Mint America the
Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof SetTM, with the
five coins struck in 90 percent silver.
To place subscription orders for these products,
visit the United States Mint Web site at
www.usmint.gov/catalog or call 1-800-USA-MINT
(872-6468). Prices for these products have not
yet been established. However, similar product
prices are $32.95 each for the two-roll sets and
100-coin bags; $309.95 each for the 1,000-coin
bags; $65.90 each for the two 100-coin bags;
$619.90 each for the two 1,000-coin bags; $14.95
for the proof set; and $29.95 for the silver
The United States Mint America the Beautiful
Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative
authorized by Public Law 110-456-the America's
Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act
of 2008. The Act directs the United States Mint
to mint and issue 56 circulating quarter-dollar
coins with reverse designs emblematic of a
national park or other national site in each
state, the District of Columbia and U.S.
territories-Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa,
the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana
Beginning in 2010, the designs on the reverse
(tails side) of the United States Mint America
the Beautiful Quarters will rotate five times
each year, with the final (56th ) coin in the
series being released in 2021. The coins'
obverse (heads) will feature a restored version
of the familiar 1932 portrait of George
Washington, including subtle details and the
beauty of the original model.
Additionally, under the United States Mint
America the Beautiful Silver Bullion CoinTM
Program, the United States Mint will mint and
offer for sale silver bullion coins that are
duplicates of the quarters. The bullion coins,
to be struck in .999 fine silver, will be three
inches in diameter and weigh five ounces. The
fineness and weight will be edge-incused.
A satellite feed of B Roll of the first five
national sites and quarter production will be
available on Wednesday, September 9th,
10:30-10:45 AM ET Galaxy 3C, Tr. 4, DL 3780V;
1:30-1:45 PM ET, Galaxy 3C, Tr. 4, DL 3780V; and
Thursday, September 10th, 1:00-1:15 PM ET,
Galaxy 3C, Tr. 4, DL 3780V.
For more information about the United States
Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program,
please visit http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/index.cfm.
Created by Congress in 1792, The United States
Mint is the Nation's sole manufacturer of legal
tender coinage. Its primary mission is to
produce an adequate volume of circulating
coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and
commerce. The United States Mint also produces
proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins;
Congressional Gold Medals; and gold, silver and
platinum bullion coins.