Designs for next year’s America the Beautiful Quarters have officially been announced by the United States Mint. The five coins will continue the presentation of a different National Park or site in each of the 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia.
The releases for 2011 feature Gettysburg National Military Park located in Pennsylvania, Glacier National Park located in Montana, Olympic National Park located in Washington, Vicksburg National Military Park located in Mississippi, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area located in Oklahoma.
The obverse of coin includes a portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The reverse of each coin features an image representative of the site, with surrounding inscriptions indicating the site name, the name of the state where the site is located, the issue date “2011”, and the motto “E Pluribus Unum”.
Initially, three to four design candidates were prepared by the United States Mint for each site. These were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, Commission of Fine Arts, and others, before the final designs were chosen by the United States Secretary of the Treasury. The original design candidates can be viewed here.
The final selections are shown below.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument. This is one of more than 1,400 monuments and markers with the park. The reverse was designed by US Mint AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The Glacier National Park Quarter features a view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds, with a mountain goat appearing on one of the rocky slopes. The park encompasses more than one million acres of land and 200 lakes. The reverse was designed by US Mint AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
The Olympic National Park Quarter features a Roosevelt Elk stepping onto a gravel river bar of the Hoh River. Mount Olympus is visible within the background of the image. The reverse of the coin was designed by AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
The Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter depicts a striking image of the USS Cairo on the Yazoo River. This was a City class ironclad gunboat used by the Union Navy during the Civil War. The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter features an image of Lincoln Bridge, which represented the first constructed improvement within the national recreation area. It was dedicated in 1909 for the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The reverse was designed by AIP Master designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.