The United States Mint made available the Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter Three-Coin Set for $14.95 on Wednesday, July 27, at 12 noon Eastern Time.
The set is the sixth issue in the America the Beautiful Quarters series and the first for 2011. Previous sets included 2010-dated national park quarters for Hot Springs, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Mount Hood.
Featuring the Gettysburg quarter that was released into circulation on January 24 and sold by the United States Mint in bags and rolls starting on January 27, the Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter Three-Coin Set offers one proof strike and two uncirculated strikes. Each come from one of the three United States Mint facilities in Philadelphia (P), Denver (D), and San Francisco (S).
The corresponding mint marks on their obverse designate their respective origin. More explicitly, the set contains:
- 2011-P Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter (Uncirculated)
- 2011-D Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter (Uncirculated)
- 2011-S Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter (Proof)
These three national park quarters are encased on a durable plastic card with a brief on Gettysburg National Military Park as well as a description of the coin’s design. The official Certificate of Authenticity by the United States Mint is on the back side of the card.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter Three-Coin Set may be purchased from the United States Mint online store at http://catalog.usmint.gov/ or toll-free at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The Mint’s Online Subscription Program makes it easy to get future releases in the series. The standard $4.95 shipping and handling fee applies to all domestic orders.
Four more three-coin sets in the America the Beautiful Quarters series will launch later this year. The next set, featuring the Glacier National Park Quarter, will start on August 23, 2011. The Olympic National Park Quarter Set will be next on September 20, followed by Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter Set on October 19. Wrapping up with the fifth and final 2011 dated issue, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter Set will open December 20. (These dates are subject to change, per the United States Mint.)
Joel Iskowitz designed the Gettysburg quarter’s reverse. It depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, which is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge. Inscriptions include GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Its obverse is the familiar portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. The US Mint restored the image to bring out the details of Flanagan’s original model. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
To make it easier for collectors to acquire the Gettysburg Quarter in the quality and composition desired, the U.S. Mint has issued these national park quarters in a variety of products, as the following list illustrates.
- 2011 Proof Set (January 11)
- 2011 Silver Proof Set (January 25)
- Gettysburg bags and rolls (January 27)
- 2011 Uncirculated 2011 Mint Set (8 February)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (March 17)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (April 1)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set (April 19)
- 2011 Gettysburg National Park Quarter Three-Coin Set (July 27)
- 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set (November 22)
There are also two different five-ounce silver coins this year featuring Gettysburg. They include the investor-grade Gettysburg National Military Park 5 oz Silver Bullion Coin sold to the Mint’s network of Authorized Purchasers in April and the collector Gettysburg National Military Park 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin, whose launch date has yet to be announced. Both coins contain .999 fine silver with 3.0-inch diameters.
Gettysburg National Military Park (http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm) is located in Pennsylvania and draws over one million visitors annually. The park offers a number of tours, including a convenient self-guiding auto tour tape which can be purchased at the museum’s book store or a customized chaperoned tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide.