2019 National Park Quarters
In 2019, the United States Mint continued the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, unveiling five new designs that celebrated the nation's magnificent National Parks and other significant sites, showcasing the diverse beauty and rich history of the United States. The first quarter of 2019 honored Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts, featuring a mill girl working at a power loom with the iconic Boott Mill clock tower in the background, symbolizing the park's role in the American Industrial Revolution and its impact on the nation's growth. The second quarter paid tribute to American Memorial Park in the Northern Mariana Islands, showcasing a young woman in traditional attire offering flowers at the Court of Honor, representing the sacrifice and bravery of those who fought in the Marianas Campaign during World War II. The third quarter celebrated War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam, depicting American forces landing at Asan Bay, reflecting the park's dedication to the memory of the Pacific Theater's pivotal battles and the ultimate victory of the Allied forces. The fourth quarter, commemorating San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas, featured a design representing the four Spanish colonial missions, highlighting the park's cultural and architectural heritage as well as its role in the early development of the region. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2019 honored Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho, showcasing a paddler navigating the river's turbulent waters, surrounded by the rugged landscape, reflecting the wilderness area's vast, unspoiled beauty and the spirit of adventure. 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.