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2011 National Parks designs unveiled

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Designs for the second set of coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program have been announced by the United States Mint.

The 2011 quarters will bear reverse designs honoring Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania); Glacier National Park (Montana); Olympic National Park (Washington); Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi); and Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma). 

The Gettysburg National Military Park quarter reverse design depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, which is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge. Inscriptions are GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. 

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The Glacier National Park quarter reverse design depicts a classic view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds towering in the distance, while a mountain goat clamors over the rocky slopes of the park’s high country. Inscriptions are GLACIER, MONTANA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers. 

The Olympic National Park quarter reverse design depicts a Roosevelt elk standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River with a view of Mount Olympus in the background. Inscriptions are OLYMPIC, WASHINGTON, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso. 

The Vicksburg National Military Park quarter reverse design depicts the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River as it would have been seen when it served the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. Inscriptions are VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. 

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area quarter design depicts the Lincoln Bridge, built of limestone and dedicated in 1909 to celebrate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The bridge was the first constructed improvement in the national recreation area and a favorite scenic spot. Inscriptions are CHICKASAW, OKLAHOMA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.

Each coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program features a common obverse with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions on the obverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

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