America the Beautiful Quarters and Silver Bullion Coin Programs

Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the second of 56 sites to be honored in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters(tm) Program beginning in 2010 and ending in 2021.The US Mint made waves Wednesday when it announced two new programs that will begin next year and last until 2021. The program names are on the long side, but certainly descriptive:

  • United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program™

  • United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program

For the first program, the Mint will strike circulating quarter-dollars with reverse (tails side) designs emblematic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

"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," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a US Mint announcement.

"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."

The obverse (heads side) of each quarter will depict a restored version of the 1932 portrait of George Washington.

For the second program, the Mint will strike silver bullion coins that are "exact duplicates" of each quarter. These will be twice the size of Peace and Morgan Silver Dollars, with their incredible 3 inch diameter and 5 ounce weight.

The coins will be composed of .999 fine silver, like the American Silver Eagle. (As another comparison, the Silver Eagles have a diameter of 1.598 inches and include a single ounce of silver.) Additionally, the fineness and weight will be edge-incused.

In total, 56 circulating quarters and another 56 silver coins will be struck at a rate of five per year for the next eleven years.

A major part of the US Mint's announcement was actually listing the national parks and national sites to be honored on the coins, as well as when. The methodology of selecting the order was, at least on paper, quite simple. The coins are to be issued sequentially each year, in the order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or site.

The US Mint indicated that Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner approved the list of sites it had recommended on August 25, 2009, after consultation with the governor or chief executive of each host jurisdiction and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The following are the scheduled sites to be commemorated and when:

America the Beautiful Quarters and Silver Bullion Coins Release Schedule

2010

Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park, 1832

Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, 1872

California, Yosemite National Park, 1890

Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park, 1893

Oregon, Mt. Hood National Forest, 1893

2011

Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, 1895

Montana, Glacier National Park, 1897

Washington, Olympic National Park, 1897

Mississippi, Vicksburg National Military Park, 1899

Oklahoma, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, 1902

2012

Puerto Rico, El Yunque National Forest, 1903

New Mexico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, 1907

Maine, Acadia National Park, 1916

Hawaii, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, 1916

Alaska, Denali National Park, 1917

2013

New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest, 1918

Ohio, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, 1919

Nevada, Great Basin National Park, 1922

Maryland, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 1925

South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 1925

2014

Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1926

Virginia, Shenandoah National Park, 1926

Utah, Arches National Park, 1929

Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park, 1932

Florida, Everglades National Park, 1934

2015

Nebraska, Homestead National Monument of America, 1936

Louisiana, Kisatchie National Forest, 1936

North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway, 1936

Delaware, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 1937

New York, Saratoga National Historical Park, 1938

2016

Illinois, Shawnee National Forest, 1939

Kentucky, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 1940

West Virginia, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, 1944

North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, 1946

South Carolina, Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument), 1948

2017

Iowa, Effigy Mounds National Monument, 1949

District of Columbia, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1962

Missouri, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 1964

New Jersey, Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty), 1965

Indiana, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, 1966

2018

Michigan, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 1966

Wisconsin, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 1970

Minnesota, Voyageurs National Park, 1971

Georgia, Cumberland Island National Seashore, 1972

Rhode Island, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, 1973

2019

Massachusetts, Lowell National Historical Park, 1978

Northern Mariana Islands, American Memorial Park, 1978

Guam, War in the Pacific National Historical Park, 1978

Texas, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, 1978

Idaho, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 1980

2020

American Samoa, National Park of American Samoa, 1988

Connecticut, Weir Farm National Historic Site, 1990

U.S. Virgin Islands, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, 1992

Vermont, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, 1992

Kansas, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, 1996

2021

Alabama, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, 1998

 


 

Interestingly, the US Mint has already added the quarters to its quarters subscription service, which enables customers to order products with the quarters today, and have them delivered when they are released. The following are currently listed for the quarter products:

  • America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Subscription
    – similarly priced product is $14.95 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set Subscription
    – similarly priced product is $29.95 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters Two-Roll Set Subscription
    – Similar product price is $32.95 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters – 100-Coin Bag (P) Subscription
    – Similar product price is $32.95 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters – 100-Coin Bag (D) Subscription
    – Similar product price is $32.95 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters – 100-Coin Bags (P&D) Subscription
    – Similar product price is $65.90 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters – 1,000-Coin Bag (P) Subscription
    – Similar product price is $309.95 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters – 1,000-Coin Bag (D) Subscription
    – Similar product price is $309.95 per unit

  • America the Beautiful Quarters – 1,000-Coin Bags (P&D) Subscription
    – Similar product price is $619.90 per unit

 

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