2015 National Park Quarters
In 2015, the United States Mint sustained the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, releasing five new designs that celebrated the nation's extraordinary National Parks and other significant sites, showcasing the diverse beauty and rich history of the United States. The first quarter of 2015 honored Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, featuring an image of a log cabin, water well, and a windmill, symbolizing the early settlers' resourcefulness and the Homestead Act's impact on westward expansion. The second quarter paid tribute to Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, depicting a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with longleaf pines in the background, representing the forest's diverse ecosystems and wildlife. The third quarter celebrated Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia, showcasing the parkway's winding road, lush landscape, and a graceful stone bridge, highlighting the scenic route's captivating beauty and architectural features. The fourth quarter, commemorating Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, featured a great blue heron and a great egret in their natural habitat, celebrating the refuge's critical role in preserving diverse ecosystems and providing a sanctuary for migratory birds. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2015 honored Saratoga National Historical Park in New York, showcasing British General John Burgoyne's surrender to American General Horatio Gates, a pivotal event in the Revolutionary War, signifying a turning point in America's fight for independence. 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.