America the Beautiful Quarters

The US Mint recently announced a new series of quarters called America the Beautiful Quarters. This is the series that most people had been previously referring to the National Park Quarters. It follows our new found coin tradition of altering designs frequently to create a collectible series.

America the Beautiful Quarters will feature a National Park or National Site located in each of the 50 states, each of the 5 US territories, and the District of Columbia. The reverse design will feature an image representative of the site and the obverse will feature a portrait of George Washington, which is a restored version of the 1932 Washington Quarter obverse.

The quarters will be released at a rate of five designs per year, starting in 2010, and ending in 2021 with a single quarter release. The sites and locations to be featrured in 2010 include:

  • Hot Springs National Park – Arkansas
  • Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming
  • Yosemite National Park – California
  • Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona
  • Mt Hood National Forest – Oregon

I have mixed feelings about the new series. While it was a joy to collect the State Quarters series, and be surprised by finding new designs in pocket change, all of the follow up “rotating design” series have taken their toll. Rotating designs have been featured on the nickel, a second quarter series for the territories, the Presidential Dollar, another series of dollars, and the Lincoln Cent.

I think the oversaturation might actually start to turn off some collectors and the broader public. It’s gotten to the point that if a new coin design was announced that would be a static design intended to be used for the foreseeable future, collectors and the public would be more excited. With yet another series of rotating designs, I think most people’s reaction is “Again?”

2 comments ↓

#1 Roper on 09.27.09 at 12:23 am

Oversaturation is the word l was looking for.

#2 Jakub on 12.10.09 at 5:23 pm

I don’t think this is very good idea.

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