America the Beautiful Quarters Program
In 2010, the first five quarters of the National Park Quarters Program were struck. The program is officially known as the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, and was first proposed on June 4, 2008, with the introduction of Bill H.R. 6184: America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, by Representative Michael Castle from the State of Delaware.
On July 9, 2008 the House of Representatives approved legislation for the bill, the Senate approved legislation on December 10, 2008, and the bill was signed into law by President George Bush on December 23, 2008.
The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program will honor 56 national parks and sites in each state, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Designs for the quarters will be developed through a process involving the chief executive or Governor of each host jurisdiction. The US Department of the Interior and US commission of fine arts, as well as the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee will take part.
Coins will be released in the same order they were first designated by the federal government as national parks.
United States Mint National Park Silver Bullion Coins Program:
The United States Mint will also produce silver bullion quarter Dollar coins. Each one will be a duplicate of the America the Beautiful Quarters coins. Each bullion coin will contain .999 fine silver. These coins will be slightly larger than a regular quarter, as they have a diameter of 3 inches, and weigh 5 ounces each.
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