El Yunque ATB Quarter

El Yunque America the Beautiful Quarter (US Mint image)

El Yunque America the Beautiful Quarter

The 2012 El Yunque America the Beautiful Quarter is the first of five quarter dollars to be struck by the US Mint in 2012 as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Showcased on the reverse of this strike is a design emblematic of El Yunque National Forest located in the United States territory of Puerto Rico.

Each 2012 El Yunque America the Beautiful Quarter also represents the eleventh in the series overall which debuted in 2010. The four remaining strikes of the series to be issued in 2012 include the Chaco Culture Quarter, the Acadia Quarter, the Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter and the Denali Quarter.

A total of fifty-six quarters will be issued as part of the America the Beautiful series by the time it is completed in 2021. One site was chosen to be honored by the program from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories.

El Yunque National Forest was originally established as a forest reserve in 1903. In later years it was elevated to a national forest and finally was renamed El Yunque National Forest in 2007. Today, the forest encompasses a total area of approximately 28,000 acres.

Also issued by the US Mint featuring a reverse emblematic of the national forest are the El Yunque ATB 5 Oz Silver Coins. As implied by the name, these coins are struck from five ounces of silver and have an extremely large diameter of three inches. For comparison, the standard El Yunque circulating quarter dollar has a diameter of 0.955 inches.

El Yunque America the Beautiful Quarter Design

Obverse design: A portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States, is found on the obverse of all of the America the Beautiful related coins. This portrait was completed by John Flanagan originally for the 1932 circulating quarter. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, QUARTER DOLLAR, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the mintmark.

Reverse design: The reverse contains the design emblematic of El Yunque National Forest and is described by the US Mint this way:

"The reverse of the first quarter of 2012 depicts a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background.  Inscriptions are EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Gary Whitley and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso."

Quarter Specifications & Information

Mint Facility: Philadelphia, Denver & San Francisco
Face Value: $.25
Date: 2012
State or Territory: Puerto Rico
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: Gary Whitley / Michael Gaudioso

Product Availability

Circulation Issue Date: January 23, 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 El Yunque Quarter 100-coin bags, 2012 El Yunque Quarter two-roll sets

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