About the Program
In 2010, the United States Mint began to issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. 2012 marks the third year of the program and features the next 5 quarters.
Check out the America the Beautiful Quarters National Site Register to find out which national site in your state or U.S. territory was selected.
Each coin in the series features a common obverse (heads side) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
Each year, the public will see five new national site designs depicted on the reverse (tails side) of America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint will issue these quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner selected the list of sites to be honored after consulting with the governor or other chief executive of each host jurisdiction and Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar, in accordance with authorizing legislation and the site selection process.
Official United States Mint products featuring these new quarter-dollar coins include an America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™, America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™, 100-coin America the Beautiful Quarters bags, and America the Beautiful Quarters two-roll sets. Customers may sign up for these products through the Online Subscription Program.
Silver Bullion Quarters
The United States Mint is also minting and issuing unique silver bullion coins that are duplicates of each of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The bullion coins are made of .999 fine silver, have a diameter of three inches and weigh five ounces. The fineness and weight are edge-incused on the bullion coins. The United States Mint is issuing these coins under the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program.
Teachers! Enhance your curricula with FREE online lesson plans from the United States Mint that will teach your kids all about the America the Beautiful Quarters Program! Our America the Beautiful Quarters lesson plans are created by teachers and stretch across all the subject areas for grades K through 12. These plans were developed with national standards in mind. Come and see how you can enliven and enrich your plans for the new school year for FREE—and teach your kids all about this exciting coin program!
United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Bulk Purchase
The America the Beautiful Quarters Bulk Purchase Program provides an option to those interested in obtaining the coins in volume—directly from the United States Mint. Customers may buy the coins at face value in bulk bags. Learn more about this program.