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America the Beautiful National Parks (2010-2021)

The National Parks Quarters series, officially known as the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, is a collection of circulating commemorative quarters released by the United States Mint from 2010 to 2021. This 12-year initiative followed the successful 50 State Quarters Program and honored the nation's extraordinary National Parks, National Monuments, and other significant sites across the United States and its territories. The program sought to showcase the diverse beauty, rich history, and cultural heritage of the nation through captivating designs that captured the essence of each location.

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Each year, the United States Mint released five new quarter designs, with one final design in 2021, making a total of 56 unique quarters. The quarters were minted in limited quantities and released in the order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or historic site. The obverse of each quarter featured a restored version of the familiar portrait of George Washington, originally designed by John Flanagan in 1932. The reverse of each quarter displayed a unique design representing the featured park or site, showcasing its natural beauty, historical significance, or cultural importance.

Throughout the program, the United States Mint worked closely with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and other federal and state agencies to ensure accurate representation of each location. Local artists, engravers, and historians also played an essential role in developing the designs, creating a diverse and visually stunning collection that captured the spirit of America's natural wonders and historic landmarks.

Some of the notable quarters in the series include the Yellowstone National Park quarter, the Grand Canyon National Park quarter, and the Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) quarter. The program concluded in 2021 with the release of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site quarter, commemorating the bravery and determination of the first African American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.

The National Parks Quarters series has captivated collectors and the general public alike, fostering a deeper appreciation for the nation's natural beauty and historic landmarks. These coins serve as tangible reminders of the remarkable sites that make up the fabric of America's national heritage and the importance of preserving them for future generations.