Denali National Park and Preserve, located in the interior of Alaska, is named for the local name of the highest point in North America, also known as Mount McKinley. Over 6 million acres in size, it is a mixture of forests, tundra, and glaciers, depending on elevation. Its history began when Charles Alexander Sheldon petitioned the U.S. Congress and the local citizenry to create a protected area for the indigenous Dall sheep. It was later established as Mount McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917.
The Denali National Park Quarter features the image of a Dall sheep with Mount McKinley towering in the background. Similar compositions have been used for other sites which comprise vast areas including mountain ranges. Also included in the design are the incused phrases “Denali”, “Alaska”, and “E Pluribus Unum”, as well as the date of issue. The coin will represent the fifth and final issue of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program for 2012.
The United States Mint has indicated that an official launch ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Tri-Valley Community Center, .5 Mile Healy Spur Road, Healy, AK 99743. The evening before a coin forum will be held from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Tri-Valley Community Library, 400 Suntrana Road, Healy, AK 99743.
The Denali Quarter will be available from the U.S. Mint in the following numismatic products:
- in 2-roll sets from the Philadelphia and Denver mints
- in 100-coin bags from the Philadelphia and Denver mints
- in 40-coin rolls or 100-coin bags from the San Francisco Mint.
- as part of the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
- as part of the 2012 Uncirculated Mint Set
- as part of the 2012 Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
- in the 2012 Denali National Park Quarter Three-Coin Set
- as part of the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set
- as part of the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set
The design will also be released as part of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins.
Visit www.usmint.gov for current prices and to order, or call 800-USA-MINT (872-6468).