2012 National Park Quarters
In 2012, the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program continued to highlight the nation's awe-inspiring National Parks and other significant sites, unveiling five new designs that celebrated the country's diverse beauty and rich history. The first quarter of 2012 honored El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, featuring a captivating scene of the forest's lush habitat with a Coqui tree frog and a Puerto Rican parrot, symbolizing the unique tropical ecosystem and the abundant wildlife that call the forest home. The second quarter paid tribute to Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, showcasing the ancient ruins of Chetro Ketl, one of the largest ancestral Puebloan great houses, which highlights the rich cultural heritage of the Chacoan civilization. The third quarter celebrated Acadia National Park in Maine, depicting the iconic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse standing guard over the rugged coastline, representing the park's breathtaking maritime landscapes and rich history. The fourth quarter, commemorating Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, featured an erupting Kilauea Volcano, capturing the immense power of the Earth's geological forces and the park's unique role in the study of volcanism. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2012 honored Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, showcasing a Dall sheep and the majestic Mount Denali in the background, reflecting the park's unparalleled wilderness and diverse wildlife that make it a treasured Alaskan destination. 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.