• America the Beautiful Quarters Program

    Continuing the excitement following the historic 50 States Quarters Program and the 2009 D.C. & U.S. Territories Quarters Program, the U.S. Mint introduces the "America the Beautiful" Quarters. This new series highlights a select National Park or National Site in each U.S. state and territory.

    Visit this site for the latest release information, personal collecting experiences and all the information you would like to know about collecting the U.S. America the Beautiful National Park Quarters.

    Use our map for the Quarters' release and park information:

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park at Sunset

With the Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter being released in January many might be curious to learn more about this park that is so rich in history. Here are just a few interesting tidbits.

Many Enjoyable Features:
At the park you can see portrayals of Union and Confederate infantry, surgical units, Civil War-period ladies’ organizations and much more. There are sharpshooter regiments with encampments and demonstrations at selected areas within the park. These living history programs start in the spring and continue through early fall

Interesting Fact:
The featured speaker at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg was not President Abraham Lincoln. He was only asked to give “a few appropriate remarks” which are recognized today as one of the greatest speeches he made during his presidency.

Having this coin in your collection will be like having a special piece of history in your own home.

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U.S. Mint Sets Price Controls on America the Beautiful Quarter Silver Bullion Relaunch

As silvers’ value continues to increase, silver bullion is extremely sought after.  This is the case with the newly released America the Beautiful Silver Bullion quarters.  According to law bullion products produced by the US Mint are to be distributed through a select list of authorized purchasers.

The original release date was set for December 6th, 2010, but initial pre-orders of the product revealed a problem.  With the extremely low  mintages of 33,000 and today’s high silver value these coins are in very high demand which can create a situation of artificially high sale prices.  The US Mint therefore delayed the release of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion coins and imposed price controls on the authorized purchasers.  The following is the new terms and conditions for authorized purchasers:

1.  Authorized Purchasers shall make available for sale to the public all 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins that they acquire.  The intention of this condition is to ensure that all 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins minted and issued by the United States Mint are sold to the public.

2.  Authorized Purchasers may charge to their customers a price no higher than ten percent above the price at which the Authorized Purchasers acquire 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins from the United States Mint.  Authorized Purchasers may charge their customers a reasonable shipping and handling fee; however, Authorized Purchasers may not charge any other fee, premium, or other expense to their customers to circumvent this ten-percent markup limitation.  The intention of this condition is to ensure that members of the public can obtain these coins at a reasonable and affordable purchase price.

3.  Authorized Purchasers must establish and enforce an order limit of one coin of each design for each household.  A household is defined as all persons of a family, or living as a family, at a single mailing address.  The intention of this condition is to ensure the broadest and fairest public accessibility to 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins, which are limited-mintage United States Mint products.

4.  Authorized Purchasers may not sell, either directly or indirectly, 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins to their officers or employees.  The intention of this condition is to ensure that 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins are available to the public and that Authorized Purchaser officers and employees do not have an unfair advantage over members of the public.

These restrictions have the authorized purchasers in an uproar calling it “outrageous”.

What do you think of these restrictions?  Is the US Mint genuinely concerned that the public has a fair chance to purchase such products or is this too much regulation?  Should the US Mint be able to sell bullion directly to the public or are authorized purchasers providing an invaluable service to the American people?

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2011 America The Beautiful Quarters Release Schedule

2010 is almost over and we look forward to the second year of the America the Beautiful Quarter program.  Much work has been invested in choosing & designing the beautiful depictions of Americas park treasures for 5 states.  Like 2010 the United States Mint will have a release ceremony for each of the quarter released for 2011.  Why not plan a family vacation around one of the release ceremonies?  This would be a great time to discover Americas natural resources.  The following is a list of the quarters and their expected release dates:

  • Gettysburg Quarter (Pennsylvania) – January 24, 2011
  • Glacier Quarter (Montana) – April 4, 2011
  • Olympic Quarter (Washington) – June 13, 2011
  • Vicksburg Quarter (Mississippi) – August 29, 2011
  • Chickasaw Quarter (Oklahoma) – November 14, 2011
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2011 Designs Announced!

Gettysburg National Military Park

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.

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Glacier National Park

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.

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Olympic National 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!

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Vicksburg National Military Park

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.

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Chickasaw National Recreation Area

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.

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Mount Hood National Forest Quarter Video

Ever wonder what is it like to see a quarter designed and minted?

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