2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

America The Beautiful
Quarters Obverse

Washington Bust ATB Quarter coin Obverse
ATB Quarter Specifications
Cladding Contentcopper/nickel
Core Content 100% copper
Weight 5.7 grams
Edge Reeded
Diameter 24.3 mm
Obverse DesignerJohn Flanagan

The America The Beautiful® Quarter program was authorized with the passage on October 20, 1996 of the United States Commemorative Quarter Act, a program supposed to recognizing each of the fifty states with its own circulating quarter. An independent study encouraged Congress to proceed with the program and a green light was given to this unprecedented coin series, and President Clinton signed it into law.

Under this program, each state was to be celebrated with its own unique reverse design on the Washington Quarter. The quarters obverse was to remained essentially the same, however, some of the statutory inscriptions were relocated to the obverse to make room for the new commemorative reverse design. The modified obverse bears the initials of both the original sculptor, John Flanagan (JF) and the U. S. Mint sculptor/engraver responsible for revising it, William Cousins (WC).

The Territorial Quarter series followed the State Quarter program and following that series, came the America the Beautiful® series honoring the various National Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas. It's uncertain if the regular Washington type, and the heraldic eagle reverse, will ever return.

Pennsylvania

Gettysburg America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Gettysburg N.M.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Gettysburg ATB Quarters
2011 P 30,800,000
2011 D 30,400,000
Reverse Designer Joel Iskowitz

The Gettysburg National Military Park quarter is the first to be released in 2011, and the sixth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters' Program. The Battle of Gettysburg, the Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North, was a turning point in the Civil War. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion," it was among the war's bloodiest battles, with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address. It was the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, a group of concerned citizens, that first set out in 1864 to preserve the battlefield as a memorial to the Union troops who fought there. The park is well-known for its many monuments and memorials, the majority of which were placed by veterans of the battle. On February 11, 1895, the battlefield was transferred to the federal government as Gettysburg National Military Park.

Description: Depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, which is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge. Inscriptions are "GETTYSBURG", "PENNSYLVANIA", "2011" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM".

Montana

Glacier National Park America the Beautiful Quarter Coin Reverse

Glacier N.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Glacier ATB Quarters
2011 P 30,400,000
2011 D 31,200,000
Reverse Designer Barbara Fox

The Glacier National Park quarter is the second to be released in 2011 and the seventh overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters' Program. The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice age of 10,000 years ago. Glacial forces, ancient seas, geologic faults and uplifting all combined to create some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Known to the Blackfeet as the "Backbone of the World," Glacier National Park preserves more than 1 million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacially carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. These lands were first set aside as a national reserve on February 22, 1897.

Description: Depicts a classic view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds towering in the distance, while a mountain goat climbs over the rocky slopes of the park's high country. Inscriptions are "GLACIER", "MONTANA", "2011" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM".

Washington

Olympic National Park America the Beautiful Quarter Coin Reverse

Olympic N.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Olympic ATB Quarters
2011 P 30,400,000
2011 D 30,600,000
Reverse Designer Susan Gamble

The Olympic National Park quarter is the third to be released in 2011, and the eighth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters' Program. From glistening tide pools to glacier-capped peaks, Olympic National Park protects more than 70 miles of Pacific Ocean beaches and, less than 33 miles away, the glacier-capped 7,980-foot summit of Mount Olympus that is the heart of the Olympic range. The park consists of coastline, rugged peaks, meadows and lakes, scattered forests and steep forested slopes ending in broad, U-shaped valleys. Geology, climate, isolation, history and sheer size make this nearly 1 million-acre park home to relatively intact ecosystems and a priceless living laboratory for plants and myriad species of animals large and small. It was first established as a national site on February 22, 1897.

Description: Depicts a Roosevelt elk standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River with a view of Mount Olympus in the background. Inscriptions are "OLYMPIC", "WASHINGTON", "201"1 and "E PLURIBUS UNUM".

Mississippi

Vicksburg America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Vicksburg N.M.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Vicksburg ATB Quarters
2011 P 30,800,000
2011 D 33,400,000
Reverse Designer Thomas Cleveland

The Vicksburg National Military Park quarter is the fourth released in 2011 and the ninth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters' Program. The park commemorates one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War - the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg, Miss. Surrender on July 4, 1863, coupled with the fall of Port Hudson, La., split the South, giving control of the Mississippi River to the North. The museum exhibits at the park depict the hardships of civilians and soldiers during the devastating 47-day siege of the city. More than 1,350 monuments, a national cemetery and the restored Union ironclad gunboat, the U.S.S. Cairo, mark the 16-mile tour road. The U.S.S. Cairo was the first warship sunk by an electronically detonated "torpedo," which ushered in a new age of naval warfare. Vicksburg was first established as a national site on February 21, 1899.

Description: Depicts the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River as it would have been seen when it served the Union Navy during the Civil War. Inscriptions are "VICKSBURG", "MISSISSIPPI", "2011" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM".

Oklahoma

Chickasaw National Recreation Area America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Chickasaw N.R.A.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Chickasaw ATB Quarters
2011 P 73,800,000
2011 D 69,400,000
Reverse Designer Donna Weaver

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area quarter is the fifth released in 2011 and the 10th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters' Program. The park is unique in that it was founded through the support of an Indian tribe, the Chickasaw Nation. Chickasaw National Recreation Area exists as a part of the national park system to provide for the protection of the area's unique resources, springs, streams, lakes and other natural features; to protect and interpret its cultural history, historic landscapes and structures; to commemorate the Chickasaw Nation; and to provide for public education, appreciation and recreational use and enjoyment of those resources. It was originally established as a national site on July 1, 1902.

Description: Depicts the Lincoln Bridge, built of limestone and dedicated in 1909 to celebrate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Inscriptions are "CHICKASAW", "OKLAHOMA", "2011" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM".

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