2010 Yosemite Quarter
The third coin to be issued in 2010 as part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program is the 2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter. It will be released by the United States Mint on July 26, 2010.
The amazing scenery and wildlife is what pushed Congress into creating the Yosemite Grant in 1864, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The grant still left the area under Californian control, which proved to be detrimental to the area, so federal control was regained in 1906. It came under the control of the National Park System in 1916 when that agency was created.
The Yosemite quarter follows the Hot Springs National Park and Yellowstone National Park coins.
Yosemite National Park Quarter Design
Obverse design: A version of John Flanagan's original 1932 portrait of George Washington (modified by William Cousins) is featured on the obverse along with the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "QUARTER DOLLAR," "LIBERTY", "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the mintmark.
Reverse design: The reverse design, by Joseph Menna, depicts the iconic El Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor and is the largest monolith of granite in the world. Inscriptions include YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
The following four line art images were the candidate designs created for consideration before the final design, shown above, was selected by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner after receiving recommendations from U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy.
Coin Specifications & Information
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