2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

The new series of quarters featuring National Parks and National Sites will continue in 2011 with five more releases. These 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters will feature sites in the states of Pennsylvania, Montana, Washington, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

I think the designs for the coming year are particularly well done. Each has a very unique and distinctive image that can serve as an iconic statement about the area portrayed. Two of the coins feature National Military Parks, two feature National Parks, and one features a National Recreation Area.

Designs were picked by the United States Treasury of the Secretary, but he was required to consider the input of various committees and other interested parties. The final design selections for the reverse of each quarter are shown below.

First up for release will be the Gettysburg National Park Quarter, which includes a depiction of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument. The design is by Joel Iskowitz.

Next is the Glacier National Park Quarter, which includes an image of a mountain goat on a rocky ledge. The northeast slope of Mount Reynolds appears in the background. The design is by Barbara Fox.

The Olympic National Park Quarter will be released in the middle of the year. A Roosevelt Elk is shown stepping into a river. Mount Olympus appears in the distance. This design is by Susan Gamble.

A stunning scene of the U.S. Cairo appears on the Vicksburg National Park Quarter. The Union ironclad gunboat appears as it served during the American Civil War. This design was by Thomas Cleveland.

The final coin to be released for the year is the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter. The series can feature both National Parks and other federally designated areas, like the site chosen for Oklahoma. The design is by Donna Weaver.

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