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Monday, December 13, 2010

2011 America the Beautiful Quarters

Amidst the tumultuous announcements and events of the past few weeks, the United States Mint unveiled the design selections for the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters.

The United States Mint typically prepares three to five design candidates for each quarter based on source materials provided by a federal liaison to the site. The design candidates are provided to the Secretary of the Interior, the chief executive of the host jurisdiction, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) for review and comment. The final decision is made by the Secretary of the Treasury.

Since the opinions expressed by the CCAC and CFA are publicly available, it is always interesting to see how the final design selections compare to their recommendations.

Included below are images of the designs selected for each of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters, the designers and sculptors, circulation release dates, and some information about the recommendations and comments provided by the CCAC and CFA.

Images of all of the original design candidates can be found here.

Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter
Designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill
Release Date: January 24, 2011

The reverse design depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument. The CCAC had discussed the design candidates for this quarter at length, due to the importance of the battle as a turning point of the Civil War. They had encouraged the US Mint to prepare other design candidates that were more symbolic in nature, but had recommended the selected design with 12 out of 33 possible votes. The CFA had recommended a different design candidate depicting Soldier's National Monument.

Glacier National Park Quarter
Designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Charles Vickers
Release Date: April 4, 2011

The selected design portrays a view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds with a mountain goat standing on a rocky outcropping in the foreground. This design candidate was the clear favorite of both the CCAC and CFA.

Olympic National Park Quarter
Designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso
Release Date: June 13, 2011

A Roosevelt Elk is shown standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River. Mount Olympus is seen in the background. Once again, this was in agreement with the recommendations of both the CCAC and CFA.

Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter
Designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Joseph Menna
Release Date: August 29, 2011

The reverse of the quarter depicts the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River, as it would have appeared when it served during the Civil War. This was a city class ironclad gunboat of the Union Navy. The CFA had recommended this design, commenting on the quality of the composition, and its virtue of showcasing the historical significance of the Navy during the Civil War. The CFA had favored a different design candidate, which depicted the entrance arch of the park.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter
Designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Jim Licaretz
Release Date: November 14, 2011

The reverse design features an image of Lincoln Bridge, dedicated in 1909 for the centennial of Lincoln's birth. The CCAC had recommended a different candidate, which depicted Buffalo Springs amid its stone spillway. The CFA did not recommend any of the design candidates, but had suggested that the selected design be further developed by simplifying or eliminating the landscape setting. No changes from the original candidate are apparent.
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At December 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright, a fresh new subject of great interest! "M" Thanks!

At December 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These design look very cool. I'm an avid outdoorsman and this appeals to me a lot! COOOOL!

At December 13, 2010 at 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sign me up for a 5 ounce set.

At December 13, 2010 at 1:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Vicksburg is a definite winner , I'm in for a set as well.

At December 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These designs are so much better than the 50 state quarter set it isn't even funny. I am really looking forward to collecting all of these and if I have the money, I'll be buying the bullion versions of these as well.

At December 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! very nice! montana and washinton!

At December 13, 2010 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

.Quarters, bah! I want the BIG HEAVY 5 OUNCERS!!!

At December 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone contacted NGC or PCGS to see what the grading amount is per coins for the 5 ouncers?

At December 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are much better designs than this years. I'll always think Yellowstone's looks cartoonish. Olympic's, Glacier's, and Vicksburg's are great. I love the wildlife in the foreground and the geology in the background. To me these show a bit of our National treasures and some history as well.

Gettysburg is my only disappointment, it could have made a much stronger statement than it does. On the bigger coin it might be alright but that little figure isn't going to be much on a quarter.

This first year is a rushed mess but I have great hopes for the future. And yes I'm into the quarters and the "big ones" as well. These are going to be nice.

At December 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael, sorry to bring this up here but the other thread has burned itself out and those 5 ouncers are the biggest story of the year and everyone's chomping at the bit as to what is happening!

Do you have any insiders who can shed some light on the situation? APMEX was supposed to announce their program today. Others' sites say they are thinking about what to do. What's the holdup?

Are their lawyers looking for loopholes? Are they trying to get together and force the Minto to change the rules? Get a Congress Critter to bend some arms?

I know they must be livid at not being able to give all the goodies to their insiders and friends.

At December 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh drats, how quickly the new subject fell into the old crap of 2010 5 oz drudgery.

At December 13, 2010 at 5:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am starting to get the feeling that some very shady stuff is about to take place with the 5oz ATB coins!

If any of the APs do not fully comply with the Mint's rules, they should be removed from their AP status permanately!

Then, the Mint has enough time to get things setup to start selling ALL BULLION directly from their website to the public before the end of 2011, and put the APs out of business!

At December 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael, Any truth to the Mint updating their web site? And when the 2011 schedule will be released? Thank you Sir !

At December 13, 2010 at 5:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the 2011 US Army half dollar. Don't really care for the silver or the gold. May still get a silver unless it gets priced like the 2010 proof ASE.

At December 13, 2010 at 6:11 PM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

"Any truth to the Mint updating their web site?"

The US Mint said the website would get a new look this week.

"And when the 2011 schedule will be released? "

The US Mint said they would announce the schedule for the first quarter of 2011 "later this fall", but nothing has been announced yet.

At December 13, 2010 at 6:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US Mint maybe can solve the ATB bullion mess if the AP's decline to cooperate. They have previously sold bullion direct from their website. All they have to do is put the ATB's in a pretty box and give them a name like the "ATB Grand Coins." Anyone remember the '08 Buffalo gold bullion sold in a red box direct from the mint and called a "Celebration Coin?" Anyway, the US Mint has acted properly and they are to be congratulated on dealing with this situation for the benefit of the public.

At December 14, 2010 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just spoke with APMEX and they told me that they won't know anything about the coins sold or any future sales of the coin until 10 to 14 days. This makes me believe that all the APs are either looking to find a legal way around Ed Moys new decision. Or they are looking for ways to keep their dealers from getting more then one set of these coins. Why else would they be holding back on delivery or sales of these coins? Either way it looks like no one will be getting these coins for Christmas which stinks. Does Ebenezer Scrooge come to mind here or what?

At December 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like more attention has been given to detail this year. Fairly attractive designs.

At December 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they could give the same attention to fair and reasonable prices they may have something.

At December 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although these designs do appear to be much nicer.They lack the script that used to show a more eloquent look on coinage. I also believe that it was a huge mistake not to put Teddy Roosevelt on the new quarters or at least put him on the 5 oz ATBs to give him the credit that he deserves.

At December 14, 2010 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these designs! Here's hoping the Mint continues the theme in future product lines: interesting, history details and eye appeal. Sign me up for a 2011 subscription.

Future first spouse coins would benefit from the talents of these artists.

At December 14, 2010 at 5:41 PM , Blogger Laurence said...

I'm just tired of policy being set after the fact. APMEX took initiative and set the ground rules for a set of coins that were severely under produced. Then and only then did the bloggers get on the podium and complain. Oh great now the US Mint is setting rules the day they were supposed to ship the under produced coins.

At December 14, 2010 at 5:55 PM , Blogger Laurence said...

We have had nothing but foolish moves by the US Mint by not producing Silver Eagles in 2009, Canceling Silver Eagle Subscriptions in 2010. Then canceling orders for the Silver Eagles in 2010. Don't be so fast to judge APMEX for noting a problem and then if you ask me they sold out in 19 hours because they simply under estimated it. I wont even go into the disappointment felt with the US Mint keeping 10K deliveries left on porches. I salute APMEX for making a decision and setting up ground rules. They have great service and packaging too.

At December 14, 2010 at 9:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just happy that I bought silver when it was 4.00 an ounce ROFLMAO at all of you.


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