National Park Quarters
on the America the Beautiful National Park Quarter Series
In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed legislation entitled the "America's
Beautiful National Parks Quarter dollar Act of 2008. This law
allowed for the continuation of production of commemorative quarters,
as this new series would immediately follow the successful Statehood Quarter Series
(1999-2008) and DC
& Territory Series (2009) and cover the release of
quarters for the years 2010-2021. This series of quarters was
designed to commemorate the great National Parks, Monuments, and
Historic Sites across the country, and one site per state, territory,
or district would be chosen to grace the reverse of an issue.
Each reverse would be designed to be emblematic of the specific
National Park. The obverse of each coin would feature the
familiar profile of George Washington, though slightly updated, and the
America the Beautful Series National Park Quarters were
first minted in 2010 and will be minted 5 coins per year until 2021.
are minted at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints.
Staring with the year 2012 issues, the San Francisco mint
will release uncirculated issues of these quarters for collectors (not
general circulation) and these coins will be identical to the business
strikes from Philadelphia and Denver Mints (except for the "S" mint
mark, naturally). All of the National Park Quarter
the same composition as the state quarters for their business strikes,
proof, and proof silver issues. All of the Quarters have a
diameter of 24.3 mm and a reeded edge. The composition of the
business strikes are .9167 copper and .0833 nickel, with a total mass
of 5.67 g. The silver proof issues are .900 silver and .100
copper with a mass of 6.25 g.