2013 National Park Quarters
In 2013, the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program persisted in showcasing the nation's exceptional National Parks and other significant sites, releasing five new designs that celebrated the diverse beauty and rich history of the United States. The first quarter of 2013 honored White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, featuring an enchanting view of Mount Chocorua and birch trees, symbolizing the forest's captivating landscapes and the recreational opportunities it offers. The second quarter paid tribute to Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio, showcasing the monument commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie and celebrating the lasting peace between the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The third quarter celebrated Great Basin National Park in Nevada, depicting the ancient bristlecone pine trees and the park's iconic Wheeler Peak, representing the park's unique ecosystem and its stunning geological features. The fourth quarter, commemorating Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland, featured a scene from the "Star-Spangled Banner" poem, with fireworks illuminating the fort, honoring the role of the historic battle during the War of 1812 in inspiring the national anthem. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2013 honored Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, showcasing a unique view of the monument, depicting workers sculpting the iconic landmark, which represents the nation's founding principles and its most influential leaders. These quarters were minted in limited quantities, engaging collectors and the general public while fostering a deeper appreciation for the nation's natural beauty and historic landmarks.