2010 National Park Quarters
n 2010, the United States Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a new series celebrating the nation's National Parks and other significant sites. The program was designed to release 56 unique quarter designs spanning from 2010 to 2021. In its inaugural year, the Mint issued five captivating designs that showcased some of the country's most cherished natural and historical treasures. The first quarter of 2010 honored Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, featuring the park's iconic façade and a thermal fountain, symbolizing the rejuvenating hot springs that have drawn visitors for centuries. The second quarter paid tribute to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, depicting the park's renowned geyser, Old Faithful, and a bison, representing Yellowstone's extraordinary geothermal features and its abundant wildlife. The third quarter celebrated Yosemite National Park in California, showcasing the park's breathtaking El Capitan granite cliff, a testament to the awe-inspiring natural beauty that defines the Yosemite experience. The fourth quarter, commemorating Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, featured a striking view of the canyon's layered rock formations, capturing the immense grandeur and geological wonder of this iconic landscape. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2010 honored Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon, depicting the serene Mirror Lake with Mount Hood towering in the background, reflecting the Pacific Northwest's stunning beauty and diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. These quarters were minted in limited quantities, captivating collectors and the general public, while promoting a deeper appreciation for the nation's natural wonders and historic landmarks.