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Designs that reflect distinctive features of national parks or forests in Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Maine, Hawaii and Alaska were recently endorsed by the Commission of Fine Arts.
The designs are for 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
CFA Secretary Thomas Luebke said the commission was pleased that the U.S. Mint sculptors focused on the unique features of each site rather than on the general scenic beauty, which tends to be repetitive.
The preferred designs were:
Puerto Rico – Design No. 4. The tropical animals and foliage reflect El Yunque National Forest.
New Mexico – Design No. 4. The vastness of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park and its Native American construction are conveyed in this design.
Maine – Design No. 3. The rocky cliffs of Maine are depicted in this design honoring Acadia National Park. CFA members did suggest that the framing be shifted to the left to move the lighthouse tower off center and provide more space for the ocean image.
Hawaii – Design No. 4. The CFA liked the strong single image of the volcano, Luebke said, noting that it is a distinctive symbol of Hawai’i Volcanoes National park.
Alaska – Design No. 2. The image of the Dall sheep, which inhabits Denali National Park, sets this park design apart, Luebke said.
The design preferences will be forwarded to the Treasury Secretary.