United States Mint Releases Designs for 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coins

The United States Mint today announced the designs for the
second set of coins in its America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The 2011
quarters will bear reverse (tails side) designs honoring Gettysburg
National Military Park (Pennsylvania); Glacier National Park (Montana);
Olympic National Park (Washington); Vicksburg National Military Park
(Mississippi); and Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma).

The Gettysburg National Military Park quarter reverse design 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. The coin’s reverse was designed by United
States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel Iskowitz
and sculpted
by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

The Glacier National Park quarter reverse design depicts a classic view of
the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds towering in the distance, while a
mountain goat clamors over the rocky slopes of the park’s high country.
Inscriptions are GLACIER, MONTANA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s
reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.

The Olympic National Park quarter reverse design 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, 2011 and E
PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Susan
Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael
Gaudioso.

The Vicksburg National Military Park quarter reverse design depicts the
U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River as it would have been seen when it served
the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. Inscriptions are VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI
, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by AIP Master
Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area quarter design depicts the Lincoln
Bridge, built of limestone and dedicated in 1909 to celebrate the
centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The bridge was the first constructed
improvement in the national recreation area and a favorite scenic spot.
Inscriptions are CHICKASAW, OKLAHOMA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse
was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United
States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.

Each coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program 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 on the obverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a
multi-year initiative authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks
Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Act) (Public Law 110-456). The Act directs
the United States Mint to mint and issue 56 circulating quarter-dollar
coins with reverse designs emblematic of a national park or other national
site in each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S.
territories—the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the
United States Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands. The quarters are being released in the order in which the featured
site was first established as a national park or site. The designs will
rotate five times each year through 2020, with the final coin being
released in 2021.

The United States Mint issued the first five coins in the program this
year, with reverse designs honoring the Hot Springs National Park
(Arkansas), Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Yosemite National Park
(California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) and Mount Hood National
Forest (Oregon).

Digital images of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters are available at
http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?action=Photo#AmericaTheBeautiful. For
additional information about the America the Beautiful Quarters Program,
please visit: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb/

The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole
manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing an
adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade
and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and
commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and
platinum bullion coins.

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