Candidate designs for next year’s 2011 National Park quarters are about to get looked at by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, the United States Mint said in a press statement that invited the public and media to attend a design meeting on Jan. 26, 2010.
The CCAC is tasked with reviewing all US coin designs and themes, and then forwarding their recommendations to the US Mint Director and Secretary of the Treasury, who will make the final selections for all the commemoratives in the America the Beautiful Program, which honors national parks and other national sites through to 2021.
The 2011 quarters will feature Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Glacier National Park in Montana, Olympic National Park in Washington, Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.
The US Mint has created several proposals in line art form for each, and will solicit comments for suggestions and changes at the meeting. The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) will eventually host a similar meeting for the same purpose.
For those wondering about the five quarters for this year, the 2010 park quarter candidate designs have already been reviewed by all of the required parties. The US Mint is expected to hold a ceremonial unveiling of the final designs in February. (See the article on our parent CoinNews.net site: 2010 America the Beautiful Quarter Designs Nearing Release.)
This year’s quarters feature Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
The CCAC meeting is scheduled to start at 9 AM and last until 11:30 AM ET. It will occur at:
United States Mint Headquarters
801 9th St. NW
5th Floor, North Conference Room
Washington, D.C. 20220
The new quarter-dollar program encompasses a total of 56 new quarters that will run from 2010 through 2021. At a rate of 5 per year, a new quarter will be issued featuring a reverse design emblematic of a National Park or National Site from each state as well as Washington D.C. and the U.S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.
Although there were hopes by some that Theodore Roosevelt, who had a passion and crusaded for conservation and national sites, would adorn the obverse or heads side of each quarter, an enhanced portrait of George Washington will continued to be used.