Designer: Joel Iskowitz - Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
The United States Mint has officially announced the designs for the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters.
The quarter featuring the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument. The park attracts more than 1.8 million visitors each year. There are over 1,400 monuments and 400 cannons dotting the landscape. Often referred to as the ‘High Water Mark of Rebellion’ the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War. This area was also the setting for President Abraham Lincoln’s most famous address.
Designer: Barbara Fox - Engraver: Charles L. Vickers
On the Glacier National Park Quarter the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds is pictured, with a mountain goat in the foreground on one of the rocky slopes. To many this park is a veritable paradise with beautiful lakes, impressive mountains, alpine meadows, forests and more than 700 miles of trails. Visiting the Glacier National Park not only gives you a glimpse into this paradise but also gives you the opportunity to learn about some of the rich history surrounding the park.
Designer: Susan Gamble - Engraver: Michael Gaudioso
On the Olympic National Park Quarter we are treated to a beautiful, serene picture. In the background is Mount Olympus with a Roosevelt Elk in the foreground stepping onto a gravel river bar of the Hoh River. The variety the Olympic National Park provides amazes many. With rain forest valleys, a variety of plants and animals, Pacific Ocean beaches and glacier-capped peaks there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Designer: Thomas Cleveland - Engraver: Joseph Menna
The Vicksburg National Park Quarter has a striking image of the USS Cairo on the Yazoo River. The Cairo was built in 1861 and later was commissioned as part of the Union Army’s Western Gunboat Flotilla. She was the first of what was called the Cairo Class, city class ironclad gunboats. In 1862 she was transferred to the Navy along with other river gunboats. In November of 1862 Cairo joined the Yazoo Expedition and just a month later became the first armored warship to be sunk by a navel mine. The location of her wreck was confirmed in 1959 when divers brought up armored port covers from her watery grave. She was raised from the bottom in 1964, later preserved and is now on display at the Vicksburg National Park.
Designer: Donna Weaver - Engraver: Jim Licaretz
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter features a picturesque image of the Lincoln Bridge. This stone bridge was built in 1909 and then on February 12th of the same year, was christened “The Lincoln Bridge” in honor of the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on that same day.