America the Beautiful Quarters were released starting in early 2010. Like the popular State Quarter program that preceded it, the America the Beautiful series of Quarters are issued in sequence over a number of years.
There will be one National Park Quarter issued for each state, Washington DC and each American territory - 56 quarters in all. Where no National Park exists, a National Historic Site or Monument is featured on the quarter instead.
Coin collecting is called the sport of kings because royalty often engaged in it. There is so much history and art in coins that the hobby has endured for centuries. Today, coins as a hobby have gained a new generation of collectors because collecting quarters from circulation is a fun, educational and inexpensive enough that anyone, even kids, can enjoy the hobby.
Start watching your loose change for the new America the Beautiful series of quarters and soon you will have your own collection of these little pieces of monitary art.
The 2010 series of quarters feature Hot Springs Nat.Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite Nat. Park, Grand Canyon Nat. Park, and Mt. Hood Nat. Forest.
In 2011 the coins released were Gettysburg National Military Park, Glacier NP, Olympic NP, Vicksburg Nat. Military Park, and to finish up the year, Chickasaw Nat.Recreation Area.
In 2012 the Mint released El Yunque National Forest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Acadia NP, Hawaii Volcanoes Nati. Park, and Denali Nat. Park.
2013 saw another batch of five coins featuring three Memorials for the first time: White Mountain National Forest, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Great Basin Nat. Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
In 2014 the series continued with more spectacular locations featured: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Shenandoah NP, Arches NP, Great Sand Dunes NP, and in Florida the Everglades NP.
Each year more quarters will be released that feature National Parks in the order that they were created as protected areas. Do not confuse the America the Beautiful Quarters featuring the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Yosemite National Park in California, and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota with the previous State Quarters featuring these same famous sites. The coin designs will be different for the current series.
Plan to collect these coins through at least 2021 since the list has been released by the US Mint that far out. The series can also be extended by the Treasury Secretary further, so who knows when it will actually end if it continues to be popular with collectors and politicians.
Many collectors like to store and display their coins in a special coin folder or album, while some coin collectors like to collect coins from each of the two mints - Philadelphia and Denver.
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