National Park Quarters Series begins in April 2010

March 12, 2010, 9:51 am

Next month, the United States Mint will issue the first of 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program.

The first coin to be released celebrates Hot Springs National Park, which was set aside by Congress in 1832, 40 years before Yellowstone National Park. Four other coins will be placed into circulation this year: Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.

From now until 2021, the U.S. Mint will issue five new designs each year that depict national points of interest on the reverse (tails side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters to honor noteworthy sites across the country. The program takes a page out of the widely lauded state quarter program that wrapped up last year. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner selected the list of sites to be honored after consulting with Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar and the governor or chief executive of each state or territory in accordance with authorizing legislation and the site selection process.

Collectors are excited to have another 56 issues to treasure (check out the America the Beautiful Quarters National Site Register to find out which national site in your state or U.S. territory was selected) and might want to consider investing in ATB collection kits to protect their collection.

The United States Mint will also mint and issue unique silver bullion quarter-dollar coins that are exact duplicates of each of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The bullion coins will be made of .999 fine silver, have a diameter of three inches and weigh five ounces. The fineness and weight will be edge-incused on the bullion coins. The United States Mint will issue these coins under the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program.  Each silver bullion coin will be available for sale during the year in which its corresponding circulating quarter-dollar coin is issued.

The following table of national sites and national parks, announced by the United States Mint on Wednesday, Sept. 9, indicates the year each will be commemorated and exact quarter launch dates, as they become available. Currently, specific dates are yet To Be Announced (TBA).

America the Beautiful Quarters Release Dates and Schedule

Year   Location National Park or National Site Date
  Arkansas Hot Springs National Park April 2010
  Wyoming Yellowstone National Park June 2010
  California Yosemite National Park July/August 2010
  Arizona Grand Canyon National Park September 2010
  Oregon Mount Hood National Forest November 2010
  Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park TBA 2011
  Montana Glacier National Park TBA 2011
  Washington Olympic National Park TBA 2011
  Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park TBA 2011
  Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area TBA 2011
  Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest TBA 2012
  New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park TBA 2012
  Maine Acadia National Park TBA 2012
  Hawaii Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park TBA 2012
  Alaska Denali National Park TBA 2012
  New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest TBA 2013
  Ohio Perryâs Victory and International Peace Memorial TBA 2013
  Nevada Great Basin National Park TBA 2013
  Maryland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine TBA 2013
  South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial TBA 2013
  Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park TBA 2014
  Virginia Shenandoah National Park TBA 2014
  Utah Arches National Park TBA 2014
  Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park TBA 2014
  Florida Everglades National Park TBA 2014
  Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America TBA 2015
  Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest TBA 2015
  North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway TBA 2015
  Delaware Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge TBA 2015
  New York Saratoga National Historical Park TBA 2015
  Illinois Shawnee National Forest TBA 2016
  Kentucky Cumberland Gap National Historical Park TBA 2016
  West Virginia Harpers Ferry National Historical Park TBA 2016
  North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park TBA 2016
  South Carolina Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) TBA 2016
  Iowa Effigy Mounds National Monument TBA 2017
  District of Columbia Frederick Douglass National Historic Site TBA 2017
  Missouri Ozark National Scenic Riverways TBA 2017
  New Jersey Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty) TBA 2017
  Indiana George Rogers Clark National Historical Park TBA 2017
  Michigan Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore TBA 2018
  Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore TBA 2018
  Minnesota Voyageurs National Park TBA 2018
  Georgia Cumberland Island National Seashore TBA 2018
  Rhode Island Block Island National Wildlife Refuge TBA 2018
  Massachusetts Lowell National Historical Park TBA 2019
  Northern Mariana Islands American Memorial Park TBA 2019
  Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park TBA 2019
  Texas San Antonio Missions National Historical Park TBA 2019
  Idaho Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness TBA 2019
  American Samoa National Park of American Samoa TBA 2020
  Connecticut Weir Farm National Historic Site TBA 2020
  U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve TBA 2020
  Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park TBA 2020
  Kansas Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve TBA 2020
  Alabama Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site TBA