2012 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 and Trails. It's uncertain if the regular Washington type, and the heraldic eagle reverse, will ever return.

Puerto Rico

El Yunque America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

El Yunque N.F.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
El Yunque 2012 ATB Quarters
2012 P 25,800,000
2012 D 25,000,000
Reverse Designer Gary Whitley

El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest is located in the rugged Sierra de Luquillo, 40 km southeast of San Juan. The park gets its name from an Indian spirit Yuquiye, which means "Forest of Clouds", and consists of 28,000 acre of tropical forest. It is the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. Originally set aside in 1876 by the Spanish Crown, the Forest represents one of the oldest reserves in the Western Hemisphere with over 240 species of trees and plants (26 species are unique). The total area is 11,270 ha (75% of Puerto Rico virgin forest is here).

The climate is frost-free and ranges in moisture from semi-desert to rain forest conditions within very short distances. El Yunque is the rainiest of all the National Forests with up to 240 inches per year.

The coin depicts a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background. Inscriptions are EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

New Mexico

Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Chaco Culture
N.H.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Chaco ATB Quarters
2012 P 22,000,000
2012 D 22,000,000
Reverse Designer Donna Weaver

Chaco Canyon is located in northwestern New Mexico, and despite Chaco Canyon's high-desert landscape, its long winters, short growing seasons, and marginal rainfall, the canyon became a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture over a thousand years ago.

The cultural of the Chacoan people began around the year 850 AD and lasted more than 300 years. Using masonry techniques unique for their time, they constructed massive stone buildings known as "Great Houses" with multiple stories and hundreds of rooms.

In contrast to the usual practiced of adding rooms to existing structures as needed, these buildings were designed in advance. Constructions sometimes took decades or centuries.

The coin illustrates a view to the west of two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex, the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. Inscriptions are CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Maine

Acadia America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Acadia N.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Acadia ATB Quarters
2012 P 24,800,000
2012 D 21,500,000
Reverse Designer Barbara Fox

Acadia National Park , near Bar Harbor, Maine, comprises 49,000+ acres of rock-bound coast on Mount Desert Island, a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland, and offshore islands. Here in Acadia National Park you will find granite cliffs side by side with sand and cobblestone beaches. Glacier-carved mountains rise from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Here, too, are meadows and marshes and dense evergreen forests. Everywhere the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound, or smell.

Much of Acadia National Park's outstanding scenery is the result of glaciers carving through an east-west ridge of granite, leaving mountains separated by valleys. Many glaciers have covered Maine, and the last melted 11,000 years ago. Big blocks of ice were left behind forming lakes and ponds. As the glacier retreated, sea level rose and flooded the valley that is now the only fjord located on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The coin depicts a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Acadia's rough coastline. Inscriptions are ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Hawaii

Volcanoes America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Volcanoes N.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Volcanoes ATB Quarters
2012 P 46,200,000
2012 D 78,600,000
Reverse Designer Charles L. Vickers

Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.

Founded in 1916, the Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Here you'll find 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rain forests as well as a museum, petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. The extraordinary natural diversity of the park was recognized in 1980 when it was named a World Biosphere site by UNESCO and in 1987 when the park was again honored as a World Heritage site.

The coin depicts an eruption on the east rift of Kilauea Volcano. Inscriptions are HAWAI'I VOLCANOES, HAWAII, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Alaska

Denali America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Denali N.P. &
Preserve

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Denali ATB Quarters
2012 P 135,400,000
2012 D 166,600,000
Reverse Designer Susan Gamble

A visit to Denali National Park is A visit to the "Last Frontier". Denali features North America's tallest mountain, Mount McKinley. The Park is one of the most-visited National Parks in the Alaska. Surrounding Denali Park is the Alaska Mountain Range, with countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers.

Denali's more than six million acres encompasses a complete sub-arctic eco-system, home to many large mammals such as grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep, caribou and moose. Located along Alaska Route 3, the entrance to Denali is approximately 240 miles north of Anchorage and 125 miles south of Fairbanks.

The coin design features a Dall sheep with Mount McKinley rising in the background. The inscriptions are DENALI, ALASKA, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

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