The first new quarter of the new year will honor El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. It will depict a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a parrot behind an epiphyte plant, according to the Mint. It was designed by Gary Whitley, an Artistic Infusion master designer, and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, a Mint sculptor-engraver.
The Chaco Culture National Historic Park of New Mexico will be represented on the second quarter of the year by what the Mint describes as a view to the west of two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex. AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver created it and it was executed by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
Maine’s Arcadia National Park will be represented by Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox created it and it was sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarter will show an eruption on the east rift of Kilauea Volcano. Mint-Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers did both design and sculpture work.
Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve quarter will offer a Dall sheep with Mount McKinley in the background. It was designed by AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
The common obverse depicts John Flanagan’s George Washington. The Mint said the portrait is restored to bring out subtle detail and the beauty of the original work.