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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