2010 America the Beautiful Quarters: U.S. Mint Coin Images

by US Coins Staff on April 25, 2010

in Coin Information

The first American quarter for 2010 and the first in a new series entered circulation on April 19, 2010. It is just one of five newly designed quarters this year and one of 56 through to 2021.

2010 America the Beautiful Quarters

2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Images (Larger Images for Each Quarter are Shown Below)

Immediately prior to its launch, the United States Mint released uncirculated images of all the 2010 quarters, as shown in the high resolution images or photos below.

The first four 2010 quarter reverse designs honor the four oldest National Parks, and the final one for 2010 honors a National Forest. (For more information on this year's coins, see 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Information.) The order in which the coins are released coincide with the order that the site or forest was designated to be cared for by the federal government.

The new series of quarter-dollars has been dubbed by the U.S. Mint as the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Over the next decade (until 2021, in fact), the U.S. Mint will produce five new quarters a year until all 50 states plus the six U.S. territories get to feature their well-known National Park or National Site.  

The following are the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters images which may be enlarged with a click:

2010 Hot Springs National Park Quarter Image

Hot Springs National Park Quarter

Hot Springs National Park Quarter - Click to Enlarge

The quarter image depicts the entry to the Hot Springs National Park headquarters building and the historic fountain in front spouting hot springs water. The image was designed by Don Everhart and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter Image

Yellowstone National Park Quarter

Yellowstone National Park Quarter - Click to Enlarge

The quarter featuring Yellowstone National Park has a drawing of Old Faithful, the most famous cone geyser at the park, plus a tall bull bison in the foreground. Don Everhart designed and sculpted the coin. It will be released into circulation on June 1, 2010.

2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter Image

Yosemite National Park Quarter

Yosemite National Park Quarter - Click to Enlarge

El Capitan, the largest monolith of solid granite in the world, is featured on Yosemite National Park's quarter. The view is depicted from the Yosemite Valley floor with trees, which attempt to add to the scale of El Capitan. Joseph Menna designed the quarter image and Phebe Hemphill was the sculptor. The coin will be released into circulation on July 26, 2010.

2010 Grand Canyon National Park Quarter Image

Grand Canyon National Park Quarter

Grand Canyon National Park Quarter - Click to Enlarge

Designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the Grand Canyon National Park quarter features a canyon level view of a river and the Nankoweap Granaries from Nankoweap Trail, a remote hiking trail. The granaries are hardly visible along the canyon wall on the quarter, but they can be found within Grand Canyon National Park by the North Rim. The coin will be issued on September 20, 2010.

2010 Mount Hood National Forest Quarter Image

Mount Hood National Forest Quarter

Mount Hood National Forest Quarter - Click to Enlarge

Phebe Hemphill also designed and sculpted the Mount Hood National Forest Quarter. The design captures a picturesque view of Mount Hood from Lost Lake. Its release date is November 15, 2010.

For these coins, 19 total candidate designs were created by the U.S. Mint. The difficult task of narrowing down the proposals to the selected five was performed in a relatively short time period.

The announcement of the parks and sites was August 25, 2009, and the candidate designs were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) on September 22, 2009. The CCAC is just one of the various individuals and two governmental bodies who contribute recommendations to Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner, the coins' final decision-maker. The other government body to review the coin proposal images, also in September, was the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). The U.S. Mint announced the final selected 2010 America the Beautiful Quarter designs on March 24, 2010.

The obverse or heads side of each coin remains familiar, the historic George Washington portrait, which was first featured on circulating quarters in 1932.

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Liz July 27, 2010 at 8:43 am

For those who are interested, the Yosemite National Park Quarter event is Thursday, July 29th at Yosemite National Park at 11:00 am PT. The general public is invited to gather at the Yosemite Valley Visitor’s Center where the launch will take place. There will be live music, special guest speakers, and children under the age of 18 will receive a free Yosemite National Park quarter to commemorate this special day. If you can’t make it to the event, you can check out the live webcast at http://bit.ly/b2Oxmd The webcast starts at 10:55 am (PT).

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