Chaco Culture ATB Quarter

Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarter (US Mint image)

Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarter

Released as the second of 2012-dated strike of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will be the 2012 Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarter. This strike also represents the twelfth strike overall in the series which debuted in 2010 and will see a total of fifty-six new quarters issued as part of it before the program ends in 2021.

The 2012 Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarter showcases a reverse emblematic of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park located in the state of New Mexico. The other four 2012-dated strikes of the series (the El Yunque Quarter, the Acadia Quarter, the Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter and the Denali Quarter) all honor different sites of national interest.

Site of national interest were chosen from around the United States and its territories. One site was chosen from each state as well as the District of Columbia and the five US Territories for a total of the aforementioned fifty six new quarters.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park was originally created as a national monument in 1907. It gradually grew in size over the years and was redesignated a national historical park in 1980 and today encompasses a total of almost 34,000 acres.

In 2012, the US Mint will also release the Chaco Culture ATB 5 Oz Silver Coins. These silver coins are struck from five ounces of silver and contain the same basic obverse and reverse designs as found on the circulating quarter dollars.

Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarter Design

Obverse design: The obverse of each America the beautiful related coin contains the same portrait of George Washington. The image of the first President of the Untied States was designed by John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, QUARTER DOLLAR, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the mintmark.

Reverse design: Shown on the reverse of the Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Quarter is a design emblematic of the national historical park. The US Mint describes the design this way:

"The reverse of the second quarter of 2012 illustrates a view to the west of two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex.  The design also shows the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon.  Inscriptions are CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill."

Quarter Specifications & Information

Mint Facility: Philadelphia, Denver & San Francisco
Face Value: $.25
Date: 2012
State or Territory: New Mexico
Condition: Circulated, Uncirculated & Proof
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Standard Weight: 5.670 g
Standard Diameter: 24.26 mm
Edge: Reeded
Authorizing Law: Public Law 110-456
Obverse Design: John Flanagan
Reverse Design / Sculptor: Donna Weaver / Phebe Hemphill

Product Availability

Circulation Issue Date: April 2 , 2012
Release Price: $.25 for circulation quality
Mintage Limits: based on demand
Order Limits: Unlimited
Sales: (Once issued) See US Mint Sales Figures
Sold Out Date:  
Sold In: by itself, 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set, 2012 Chaco Culture Quarter 100-coin bags, 2012 Chaco Culture Quarter two-roll sets

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