Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter
The final quarter to be released in 2013 from the US Mint will be the 2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter and honors the site located in South Dakota. The release of this strike will also mark the release of the twentieth quarter in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
Obviously for this coin, the reverse will show some version of a design containing all or a portion of Mount Rushmore as the design on the reverse of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter. However, the final design details will likely not be know until late 2012 when the US Mint should announce the final designs for all of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters. Design candidates for the strikes should be reviewed and available to the public earlier in 2012.
Along with these quarter dollars, the Mint will also be issuing five ounce silver coins that will contain the same basic designs as the quarters. The bullion silver coins were authorized by the same Act which authorized the quarters, but the Mint will also be striking uncirculated five ounce silver coins based on the authority given the Treasury Secretary to design, strike and sell numismatic products.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter should appear late in the fall season of 2013. Four other coins will appear before it. These coins are the White Mountain National Forest Quarter, the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter, the Great Basin National Park Quarter, and the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial information
Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota was worked on for 14 years by nearly 400 workers who carved the faces of four of America’s most famous presidents. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was in charge of the operation for all but one year, due to his death. His son supervised the final year of the nearly $1 million dollar project.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are the faces that adorn Mount Rushmore. The reason each of these presidents were selected was that Borglum felt they had played an important role in expanding the United States of America.
The goal of Mount Rushmore was to bring tourism to South Dakota. With an estimated 2 million visitors a year, that goal is continually being met.
Mount Rushmore, the mountain on which the carving is named after, was named itself after Charles E. Rushmore, an attorney in New York City that visited the Black Hills in 1885.