2015 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.

Nebraska

Homestead America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Homestead N.M.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Homestead ATB Quarters
2015 P 214,400,000
2015 D 248,600,000
Reverse Designer Ronald D. Sanders

Homestead National Monument of America, a unit of the National Park System, commemorates passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres (0.65 km2) of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property. The Act eventually transferred 270,000,000 acres (1,100,000 km2) from public to private ownership.

The national monument is four miles west of Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska on a site that includes some of the first acres successfully claimed under the Homestead Act. The national monument was first included in the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The image on the coin represents the three fundamentals of survival common to all homesteaders: food, shelter, and water. "The inscriptions are HOMESTEAD, NEBRASKA, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Louisiana

Kisatchie America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Kisatchie N.F.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Kisatchie ATB Quarters
2015 P 397,200,000
2015 D 379,600,000
Reverse Designer Susan Gamble

Kisatchie National Forest, the only National forest in Louisiana, United States, is located in the forested piney hills and hardwood bottoms of seven central and northern parishes. It is part of the Cenozoic uplands (some of Louisiana's oldest rocks) and has large areas of longleaf pine forests (a forest type that has declined significantly over the last century). It is one of the largest pieces of natural landscape in Louisiana, with some 604,000 acres (2,440 km2) of public land, more than half of which is vital longleaf pine and flat woods vegetation, which support many rare plant and animal species. There are also rare habitats such as hillside seepage bogs and calcareous prairies. The forest also contains and provides a buffer for the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness, a nationally designated wilderness area that contributes to protecting biodiversity of the coastal plain region of the United States.

The forest was designated in 1930 during the administration of U.S. President Herbert Hoover, based on efforts of the Louisiana Forestry Department and its botanist and preservationist Caroline Dormon of Natchitoches Parish. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The coin features a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the background. The inscriptions are KISATCHIE, LOUISIANA, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

North Carolina

Blue Ridge Mtns America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Blue Ridge
Parkway

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Blue Ridge ATB Quarters
2015 P 325,600,000
2015 D 505,200,000
Reverse Designer Frank Morris

The Blue Ridge Parkway was built to connect Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America's longest linear park, runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The coin image depicts the grace and curvature of the road hugging the side of a mountain, with the North Carolina state flower in the foreground. The inscriptions are BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, NORTH CAROLINA, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.




Delaware

Bombay America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Bombay Hook
N.W.R.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Bombay Hook ATB Quarters
2015 P 280,800,000
2015 D 206,400,000
Reverse Designer Joel Iskowitz

The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,978 acre National Wildlife Refuge located along the eastern coast of Kent County, Delaware, on Delaware Bay. It was established on March 16, 1937 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory and wintering waterfowl along the Atlantic Flyway. The Refuge was purchased from local land owners with federal duck stamp funds.

Today, the refuge protects wildlife of all kinds, with emphasis on all migratory birds. The refuge also contains the Allee House, a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a stop on Delaware's Coastal Heritage Greenway. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The coin image features a great blue heron in the foreground and a great egret in the background. The inscriptions are BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.


New York

Saratoga America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Saratoga
N.H.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Saratoga ATB Quarters
2015 P 223,000,000
2015 D 215,800,000
Reverse Designer Barbara Fox

The park preserves the site of the Battles of Saratoga, the first significant American military victory of the American Revolutionary War. Here in 1777, American forces met, defeated, and forced a major British army to surrender, an event which led France to recognize the independence of the United States, and enter the war as a decisive military ally of the struggling Americans.

First authorized as a New York state historic preserve in 1927 on the sesquicentennial of the Battles, the Battlefield was made part of the National Park System in 1938 when Saratoga National Historical Park was authorized by the United States Congress. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The image on the coin depicts a close-up of the moment General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword to General Horatio Gates, a turning point many believe marked the ‘beginning of the end of the American Revolutionary War’. The inscriptions are BRITISH SURRENDER 1777, SARATOGA, NEW YORK, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.


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