2011 National Park Quarter Designs

quarter-designs-gettyburg-usmint.jpg The new 2011 quarter designs have been announced, and they’ll soon be turning up in pockets and purses in your neck of the woods.

National Park quarters, otherwise called America The Beautiful quarters, comprise an 11-year series honoring national parks and landmarks in each of the 50 states.

The series began in 2010 and should continue on through 2021.

Let’s take a look at the 5 coins that’ll be made in 2011.

 

2011 America The Beautiful Quarters: New Designs For A New Year

Like the 50 States quarters that inspired the America the Beautiful coin program, the new quarter designs will be released in a chronological order.

The basis of deciding when each new quarter is released in the America the Beautiful quarters series hinges on when each site honored became recognized as a national park.

Each National Park Quarter has an obverse featuring George Washington and a reverse design honoring a national park.

Pennsylvania: The First Quarter Of 2011

Gettysburg National Park is the first site to be featured on America the Beautiful quarters in 2011. Gettysburg National Park was established February 2, 1895, more than 30 years after the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

Gettysburg National Park, located in Southern Pennsylvania, is being honored on the first 2011 quarter with a design featuring the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument.

Glacier National Park, Montana

quarter-designs-glacier-park-usmint.jpg The second America the Beautiful Quarter takes us clear across the nation to Glacier National Park in northern Montana.

The 1 million acres of land in Glacier National Park proudly display the effects of the Ice Age; in fact, receding glacial ice can still be found at Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park was officially established on February 22, 1897.

It has been a popular tourist attraction ever since, thanks to its expanses of picturesque forests and meadows as well as the monumental glacier that calls the park home.

On the Glacier National Park quarter is the image of a goat ambling the hills adjacent to Mount Reynolds.

Olympic National Park, Washington

Established on February 22, 1897 — the same day as Glacier National Park — Olympic National Park contains almost 1 million acres of land and some 70 miles of Pacific beaches, all laying before Mount Olympus.

Olympic National Park provides Northwestern United States outdoor lovers an incredible slice of diverse nature, providing stunning photos and incredible opportunities for the adventurous to enjoy some beautifully rugged terrain.

The Olympic National Park quarter gracefully depicts an elk standing downriver of Mount Olympus.

Vicksburg National Park, Mississippi

The last 19th-century site featured in the America the Beautiful quarter series, Vicksburg National Park was established on February 21, 1899. Vicksburg was an important battle ground during the Civil War.

Vicksburg National Park contains a national cemetery, 1,350 monuments, the restored U.S.S. Cairo, and 16 miles of road.

The Vicksburg National Park quarter features an image of the U.S.S. Cairo maneuvering on the Yazoo River.

Chickasaw National Recreation Quarter

quarter-designs-chickasaw-usmint.jpg The fifth and final America the Beautiful quarter design for 2011, Chickasaw National Park, located in southern Oklahoma, was in part founded through the Chickasaw Native American tribe.

Chickasaw National Park, established on July 1 1902, serves to protect the area’s vast natural landscape and to honor the Chickasaw Native American tribe.

The Chickasaw National Park quarter shows the Lincoln Bridge, made of limestone and gracefully providing means of passage thorough the flora that blooms in this beautiful national park.

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, and living green with others.

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