The 2021 Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter has the distinction of being the last strike in the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program. At least the last of the original fifty-six coins authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
However, the Treasury Secretary has the discretion to order a second series of fifty-six coins in the series that would immediately follow the release of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter. The determination must be made before the end of 2018. This new series would follow the same format as the previous with a total of five strikes released per year.
These new strikes would also feature one site from each state as well as the District of Columbia and the five US Territories. The sites would still all be of national interest and the release order would once again be determined by the order in which the new sites came under the direct control of the federal government.
If a second round is issued, four new strikes of that second round would follow the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter in 2021.
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site information
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was established in the state of Alabama on November 6, 1998 by an Act of Congress signed by President Bill Clinton. It seeks to commemorate the important contributions of African American airmen to the United States cause in World War II.
The Tuskegee Airmen themselves consisted of approximately 996 pilots as well as support personnel who were trained at the Tuskegee Institute. After training, they went on to fly some fifteen thousand sorties including 1578 missions.
They are credited with destroying over 250 german aircraft and many other enemy vehicles.