Final design sketches approved for the five America the Beautiful
quarter dollars to be released during 2013 were revealed Dec. 10 by
the United States Mint.
The designs bear images representative of White Mountain National
Park in New Hampshire; Perry’s Victory and International Peace
Memorial in Ohio; Great Basin National Park in Nevada; Fort McHenry
National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland; and Mount Rushmore
Memorial National Park in South Dakota.
The selected designs were approved by Deputy Treasury Secretary
Neal S. Wolin on July 13, U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said Dec. 12.
The design for the White Mountain National Forest quarter dollar
depicts Mount Chocorua, framed by birch trees. The mountain is the
easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range.
The design was created and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic
Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry, with the Peace Memorial
located in the distance, appears on the reverse of the Perry’s Victory
and International Peace Memorial quarter dollar. The monument is
located in the village of Put-in-Bay, on South Bass Island, an Ohio
island in Lake Erie, near where Perry’s naval squadron defeated
British naval forces in a decisive battle during the War of 1812.
The design was created and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II.
The Great Basin National Park adopted design depicts the beauty
and unique qualities of a single bristlecone pine tree and the rocky
glacial moraines where the trees grow. These trees grow at higher
elevation in the park and are believed to be the world’s oldest living
single organisms. The park contains numerous bristlecone pine groves
with trees more than 4,000 years old.
The coin was created by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program
Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Renata Gordon.
U.S. Mint Medallic Artist Joseph F. Menna designed and sculptured
the reverse for the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Menna’s design captures the site during the “Defenders Day”
celebration, considered the centerpiece annual event held at Fort
McHenry. The fireworks symbolize the “rockets’ red glare,” linking the
fort to its historic past.
Menna also designed and sculptured the reverse for the Mount
Rushmore National Memorial quarter dollar.
Menna was inspired by photos showing men adding the final details
to Thomas Jefferson’s face on the memorial. Menna’s design is
distinctly different from four previous U.S. coin renditions, and
offers a unique and educational perspective on how Mount Rushmore was
created and sculpted.
The 2013 coin will be the third program in 22 years depicting the
Mount Rushmore National Memorial on United States coins.
Separate renditions of the memorial appear on the obverses of the
1991 Mount Rushmore 50th Anniversary copper-nickel clad half dollar,
silver dollar and gold $5 half eagle. Mount Rushmore was again
recognized in 2006 with a quarter dollar issued under the 50 State
Dates have been announced for releasing each of the five 2013
America the Beautiful quarter dollars into circulation through the
The circulation release dates, states where honored sites are
located, the sites honored and dates of congressional recognition of
the sites follow:
➤ Jan. 28, New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest, May 16, 1918.
➤ April 1, Ohio, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial,
March 3, 1919.
➤ June 10, Nevada, Great Basin National Park, Jan. 24, 1922.
➤ Aug. 26, Maryland, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic
Shrine, March 3, 1925.
➤ Nov. 4, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Monument, March 3, 1925.
Details have not yet been released by the U.S. Mint concerning the
official quarter dollar launch and roll exchange and coin forum
associated with the release of the White Mountain National Park
quarter dollar. ■