Zach has been coin collecting since childhood. He loves all coins, but Lincoln pennies and Jefferson nickels are his favorites to collect.
With 56 unique Statehood quarter designs minted over a short period of just 11 years, you might be inclined to believe that the Mint took a hiatus after completion, right? Well, in this case, you couldn't be further from the truth! Taking on another history-making endeavor, the United States Mint released the first coins of its "America the Beautiful Quarters Program" just months after the completion of the infamous Statehood Quarters Program. The project might be a tall task for the Mint, but it's a world of quarter-collecting opportunities for you! In this article, we'll dive right into these opportunities by exploring errors, values, and program specifics. Keep reading to learn more!
What Are National Park Quarters?
While the United States Mint properly refers to these coins as the "America the Beautiful Quarter Program," it's not uncommon to also hear them called National Park Quarters. Either way, you look at it, these quarters are set to be a big part of U.S. coin history.
Enacted by America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, 56 new quarter designs are to be minted in honor of the country's most renowned national parks and landmarks.
These unique quarters are to be minted at a rate of five per year, running from 2010 through 2021. The quarters themselves will feature a national park or landmark from each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. The quarter designs will be minted in the order in which the parks or sites were designated national treasures.
Quarter Releases by Year
- Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)
- Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
- Yosemite National Park (California)
- Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
- Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon)
- Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania)
- Glacier National Park (Montana)
- Olympic National Park (Washington)
- Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi)
- Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma)
- El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico)
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico)
- Acadia National Park (Maine)
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
- Denali National Park (Alaska).
- White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire)
- Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (Ohio)
- Great Basin National Park (Nevada)
- Fort McHenry National Monument (Maryland)
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota).
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)
- Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
- Arches National Park (Utah)
- Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)
- Everglades National Park (Florida).
- Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska)
- Kisatchie National Forest (Louisiana)
- Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina)
- Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Delaware)
- Saratoga National Historical Park (New York)
- Shawnee National Forest (Illinois)
- Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky)
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia)
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)
- Fort Sumter National Monument (South Carolina)
- Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa)
- Frederick Douglass National Historical Site (District of Columbia)
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri)
- Ellis Island National Monument (New Jersey)
- George Rodgers Clark National Historical Park (Indiana)
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan)
- Apostle Island National Lakeshore (Wisconsin)
- Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)
- Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia)
- Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island)
- Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts)
- American Memorial Park (Northern Mariana Islands)
- War In The Pacific National Historical Park (Guam)
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas)
- Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho)
- National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)
- Weir Farm National Historical Site (Connecticut)
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park (U.S. Virgin Islands)
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (Vermont)
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Kansas)
- Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama)
National Park Quarter Values
There may be a lot of similarities between these quarters and their preceding Statehood Quarter Program, but mintage numbers aren't one of them. Due to the extreme hype surrounding the Statehood Quarter Program, they were minted in vast numbers. In fact, some designs were minted with numbers exceeding one billion quarters! With such excessive mintages, it's going to be a very long time before these coins finally gain a respectable value. Fortunately, this is not the case with the new Quarters. Minted in much lower numbers, the National Park Quarters have the potential to realize value much quicker. Although it's still yet to be seen how supply and demand will affect the value, the table below may be an early indicator of higher values.
|Quarter Design||Mintage Number (P & D)|
2000 Virginia State Quarter
First Three Years of the America the Beautiful Quarter Program (15 Total Designs)
With considerably lower mintages, valuable National Park Quarters may be on the market much sooner than their Statehood Quarter counterparts!
America the Beautiful Quarter Errors List
It may take many years to figure out exact values for regular minted National Park Quarters, but snagging an error coin can drastically reduce the wait! Like the Statehood Quarter Program, quarter errors in the new set will pull an immediate premium. Much of the value in this program will again surround these rare quarters! The great news for collectors is that there are already numerous errors reported. Below you'll find a short list of National Park Quarter errors and their current values.
2012 Hawaii Volcanoes Doubled Obverse
- Released in the latter part of 2012, some of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarters minted at the Philadelphia Mint exhibit a doubling on the obverse.
- Slight doubling can be observed in the P mint mark, the phrase "In God We Trust", and the word "Liberty."
- The suspected cause of this error is thought to be die deterioration, not an actual double stamping of the coin. While it's not a true "doubled die" variety, these coins are still pulling an increased premium.
- Values for these quarters may increase with time but currently sit at $4-$10 for an MS-65 graded specimen.
2012 Denali National Park Doubled Obverse
- Much like the Hawaii Volcanoes Quarter, some of the Denali National Park Quarters produced at the Philadelphia Mint also exhibit doubled obverses.
- On these coins, doubling can be observed in the phrases "United States of America" and "Quarter Dollar."
- Once again, the doubling on these ATB Quarters is suspected to be caused by die deterioration.
- Values may increase but stand at around $4-$10 for an MS-65 graded specimen.
2014 Florida Everglades Wing Error
- Over the last few months, I've noticed a few Florida Everglade Quarters popping up on eBay with a supposed "Wing Variation" error. The error is supposed to be a variation in the right wing feather that is closest to the body of the bird. Upon examination of the pictures provided, I have yet to see a significant difference between the "error" and normal coins. If you have more information or viable proof of this error, I would greatly appreciate any input. As for now, I'll leave this error as unproven but still a possibility.
Miscellaneous Quarter Errors
These types of errors have the potential to show up on any of the National Park Quarter designs. It's always a good practice to check your pocket change as you never know what may show up!
- Although rare, mis-feeds in the minting process can happen. This particular type of mis-feed causes part of the quarter to be clipped off. Easily spotted, these quarters will be completely missing an entire section of the coin.
- A single clip can pull values up to $75. Double and triple clips can top values of $100+.
Missing Clad Layer
- Easily distinguished from other quarters, these error coins will have a copper-colored side. Improper bonding of metals causes the outer nickel layer to separate from the quarter. This separation leaves the copper core exposed on one side of the coin.
- Missing clad layer error quarters can drastically vary in value depending on the condition of the coin. $10-$300+
- An off-center strike is caused when the blank quarter planchet is loaded into the collar improperly.
- This mint error will cause both the obverse and reverse design to be stamped off-center.
- Depending on the degree of the offset, these errors can carry values of $10-$100+.
America the Beautiful Quarter errors are few and far between at the moment, but that could all change in an instant. With the series in its early years, there's still plenty of room for error. Hopefully you'll end up with one of those mint mistakes. Thanks for reading this article. Please leave a comment if you have one of these unique treasures!
Ryan on August 14, 2020:
2017 Missouri ozark quarter with smooth edges
Allen on March 10, 2020:
I have a quarter from 1999 that is greenish brown in color as well as a 2019 memorial quarter that is two toned on each side but only halfway...does anyone else have these?
Al Martinez on March 01, 2020:
I have found a 2010 P Yellow Stone Wyoming quarter that seems to be a silver Planchet. Has anyone come across one of these. I go through hundreds of quarter weekly, and this one just stuck out and jumped at me. However, I don't see this type of error listed anywhere, has anyone out seen this?
wesley on February 07, 2020:
I have a 2018 pictured rocks that has a line almost completely around the obverse, plus a raised bomb between quarter dollar, also doubling on obverse
Lorena on January 13, 2020:
I have an 2019 AMERICAN MEMORIAL PARK QUARTER I'm . Not able to find another like this it's missing the L in LIBERTY Also missing part of the E IN GID WE TRUST . It has many more error's I'm new to coin collecting .The coin looks old but it say's 2019 .Can anyone help me with this coin Thank you very grateful.
Jason Baker on December 17, 2019:
2019 memoral park quarter no edge grooves flags not stamped and no features on her face
Robin on November 23, 2019:
I have 1887 Indian Head penny
Jonthennis on November 20, 2019:
I have a 1970 D roosevelt dime that has no eye socket/nose bridge and does not see to be worn
email@example.com on November 05, 2019:
I have a 2017 Tomas Jefferson nickel stamp on a Fredrick Douglass history states park s sites
William on October 11, 2019:
I have a 2008 Alaska with die crack all the way across the obverse side
Hillbilly on October 07, 2019:
I have many errors found. One huge cud on a Florida bird wing
roxannelsm on October 06, 2019:
I have 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway with what looks like digit 7 between Trust and D.
steven on September 08, 2019:
Is it at all possible to haves an ellis island quarter that may have been originally minted stamped as a yellowstone quarter
Tommy Archer firstname.lastname@example.org @gmail.com on August 01, 2019:
Sidney Joe Tesseneer on May 18, 2019:
I have a 2019p N. Mariana Islands reverse die chip on the American flag.
Diana Zambory on May 06, 2019:
I have a 2015 New York quarter and there's two places that looks like it's been chipped off and it's down to Copper but yet the copper ring goes all the way around the back side. Not sure if this is an error coin or not I have been trying to find out some information but no one seems to have seen one like this. Please help.
Chad E Falgout on May 01, 2019:
I have a 2000 Virginia quarter that has a beautiful gold tone to if. Also, fhe R on dollar has a die strike error on the right bottom loop of the R. Fhe strike is from left to right on a downward motion. There are other areas in question but tbese are beyond my scoop of knowledge. Cool find tbough!
Njoey75 on March 04, 2019:
So i have a 2015 kisatchie coin but it is different colors, the front looks like a regular silver color but the back looks gold like the dollars. Are they suppose to look like this?
K Hebert on January 17, 2019:
I have a 2009 Northern Mariana Islands Quarter with a really interesting die chip on the palm tree. I resembles a "coconut" hanging from the palm tree, is really interesting and a good conversation piece . I've been calling it the "Coconut Quarter". Will post pic for whomever may want to see it!
Mica Weems on January 05, 2019:
I have the Saratoga quarter with the die chip error in between the finger and the sword handle. It's in good condition and I can't get any body to give me n answer as to it's value but I know it's worth something
Michael on November 18, 2018:
I found a Louisiana quarter with nothing on the front the back only it’s a 2002 and how many are in circulation
Mechell on November 11, 2018:
I have a 2005 quarter that has in god we rust when i tried to see what it as worth the guy told me there where no miss prints but i have it
Jana on November 10, 2018:
I found a 2013 D White Mountain Quarter. It has a line stamped through White Mountain and also starting from 2013 on the bottom up and around through E Pluribus Unum. Every image I've seen doesn't have this. Is this an error?
Zach (author) from Colorado on October 03, 2018:
Sounds like a good error. Hang on to it!
mark demshick on October 02, 2018:
I have a 2014 florida everglades quarter the edges of coin are not ribbed -its flat and you can see copper on the edge
Gary Kitto on September 02, 2018:
I vast amounts of coin collect, need accurate appraisal
Scrima on June 07, 2018:
My most recent find is a 2015D Nebraska “ Homestead”
The bucket it’s not flat as it should. It has a gob of extra stuff on bottom.
Scrima on June 07, 2018:
I have a 2016 D North Dakota “Theodore Roosevelt”
His right hand on the horn of the saddle has two thumbs.
I also notice the coin is rather dull in comparison to other coins of the same mint year.
Wendy Short on April 19, 2018:
I have a 2002 Mississippi quarter with the missing clad layer. I would approximate it at fine condition. Can anyone tell me the approximate value of this coin
Wendy Short from Centralia, Illinois on April 19, 2018:
I have a 2002 Mississippi quarter that is missing the front clad layer. not mint but possibly one level down from that, what can you tell me about it?
Yocksir on April 14, 2018:
Found a Shenandoah national park (Virginia) believe is missing clad layer on reverse. HAs anyone else spotted one of these?
Bernard counts on March 11, 2018:
2013 FORT McHERNY Quarter.Back edge line is wide on the top and goes to all most nothing at the bottom. Is it a miss stamped coin?
Rick on February 19, 2018:
I have a 2014 Virginia State parks Quarter that is a mule what is the worth.
Ted Niblett on February 14, 2018:
I found an unusual 2014 Arches quarter in a handful of change today: the front has an extra circle the same size as the wide border on the back where the text "Arches," "Utah," and "E Pluribus Unum" reside. It's not quite the same shape as back border, though; seems to be missing the flattened segment that holds the year on the back border.
Kenyatta on January 23, 2018:
I have a quarter that looks like someone slided something over it. This is really crazy.
Bill west on January 19, 2018:
I have 2 quarters missing the clad layer, 2002 Indiana and 2002 ohio. Both sides are missing clad layer.
Katherine on January 01, 2018:
I have found a New Hampshire state quarter that has a strong imprint of what looks like another state quarter. It is mirrored into the coin. You can read America easily. It is such a hard embedment i can lay a quarter perfectly in the indentation. What could this possibly be worth? Who do i trust to grade it?
Alexander on December 29, 2017:
Yes, I have a 1999 Pennsylvania State Quarter that seem to be missing a clad layer and also appears to have a green hue cast over it's entire surface. Can anyone give me any information concerning this coin. I also have a 2015 Kisatchie, Louisiana State Quarter that seem to have a "Hang Nail" at the bottom of it's claw. Might any of these be worth anything?
Katherine on December 06, 2017:
I have found 2 profound error coins! One is a New Hampshire State quarter--another coin is strong imprinted into the front to where you can read "America". It is mirrored. The coin hit so hard it is bent.
The other coin i found today. The ATB Mount Rushmore quarter. Which was amazing to finally find, let alone errored! It appears to have another print from a coin lightly covering the back of the coin. Im still working on what coin it may be from. Im very excited to have found them! Would like to get some type of estimate and sell them to a collector who will appreciate them
landon on November 07, 2017:
let me see the 2020 park quarters
tim bartlett on September 03, 2017:
I have recently found a yosemite quarter that was struck to the size of a dime. Has any one heard of one like that?
Victor Dub on August 27, 2017:
I have a 2016 Theodore Roosevelt double die on North Dakota obvious with a bunch of other die planchette
Tina Swain on August 21, 2017:
I found a Ozark riverways Missouri Quarter with a line that goes thru the center of United States of America and thru Quarter Dollar. What's it worth?
Christy on July 24, 2017:
I have a 2016 north dakota quarter with a very noticeabke error how can i findout the value
JIMMY EASTERWOOD on February 04, 2017:
I HAVE A 2009GUAM IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTER'S PROGRAM"there's no ring around the back of it. Is this an erra coin?
greg on January 28, 2017:
I have a 1965
Doralbaus on January 22, 2017:
I have a Shawnee quarter coin with an extra piece of metal just on the top of the rocks. It looks like another rock. Do you think it can be have any value?
Randy Landreneau on January 02, 2017:
While searching a half tube of 2011 uncirculated Gettysburg D mint mark quarter I discovered an error coin. The L in Liberty is missing on one of them. I researched it and found none like it. Please tell me if I have something worth while.
Mike Worthington on December 13, 2016:
I have a 2012 Denali National Park quarter, that has a raised bump on the Washington side taking in the word liberty. every thing look normal, except the bump. The back side is perfectly normal, has not been shot or damaged in anyway. Your thoughts on what, if any value.
John Earley on December 09, 2016:
Have state quarter or America tha beautiful seems to be the South Dakota on new Hampshire planchet has anybody heard of one??????
Jesse Godsey on December 07, 2016:
I had someone walk up to me to buy a cigaretteand he handed me a quarter. After I observed it I come to find out its a 2015 San Francisco Saratoga "British Surrender". I am curious about it and was wondering what info you can give me on it? Also it may not mean anything but on the reverse side it has a burr on the lower half of the quarter.
Brandonb on November 28, 2016:
I have a Bombay hook quarter with a missing clad layer. Any info on this would be nice.
Lilo on November 21, 2016:
I have a quarter that's in color on the back is it of any value?
Suzy on November 20, 2016:
I believe I have a quarter error on the 2015 kisatchie quarter. It appears that the grass below the bird is also on the obverse. And it is doubled on the reverse with a 90 degree rotation to the right. I don't know if I am using the correct terms. New to this.
Mike on November 19, 2016:
I think I came across a 2010 P Hot Springs quarter that appears to be stamped in silver. I plan to send it in to be varified. Have you heard of one?
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 08, 2016:
This is very interesting. We have a vending machine business and always get a lot of coins. I used to try to check all my change for errors but gave up as it takes so long. I am going to book mark this and at least watch for the "America the Beautiful" coin errors you listed here! Thanks for the info! :)
Geoffcorey on May 27, 2016:
k have an arches quarter with a large lump sitting on top of the arch, clearly an error from a worn mold,or etc...
Heather on September 24, 2015:
I have a 2014 Colorado great sand dunes P that does not have the usual crimped sides. Worth anything?
Beverly on September 09, 2015:
I have a south Dakota quarter 2013 D that appears to be double stamped with Mt. Rushmore and something else.
ROBERT5454 on September 08, 2015:
I have a 2014 everglade quarter and the Anhinga on it is wearing a hat.
email@example.com on August 25, 2015:
I have an Olympic National Park Quarter that is copper faced on both sides
DDubocq on July 27, 2015:
i came across a few 2015 D NC[Blue Ridge Parkway] with small D's stamped on reverse side in the middle next to the road going into the tunnel. Very odd .
arrowcoin on July 27, 2015:
Hi Joe! I have a 50% obverse clad layer missing 2014 Arches quarter. It is certified MS62 by NGC. It can be seen on ebay. The listing ends 07-27-15. It is a pretty coin. I hope you are able to see it. arrowcoin
Richard Stachowsk on July 20, 2015:
Hey Joe, I think I've found some 2015-D North Carolina America The Beauiful quarter errors ?
Richard Stachowsk on July 18, 2015:
I've already found 50 or so 2015-D North Carolina ( Blue Ridge Parkway ) . I think it will be a new DDR, heres the link to this coin https://www.cointalk.com/threads/possible-new-disc...
Zach (author) from Colorado on July 17, 2015:
Abacolinda - Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, the ring that you are talking of is not an error, but rather a scratch mark left behind from a coin rolling machine. Most likely, your quarter was at the end of the roll when the machine crimped the paper sleeve around the roll of quarters.
Abacolinda on July 11, 2015:
I have a Honestead P with a ring on the face which seems to match the inner ring on the reverse. None of my other Homesteads have this ring on the face.
Zach (author) from Colorado on April 27, 2015:
dihedral - I haven't heard of any Yosemite quarters struck on the Presidential dollar planchets, but it doesn't mean it couldn't happen! If the coin you have was in fact struck on a presidential dollar planchet, you should immediately notice that the size of the coin will be much larger than a standard quarter. If the size is the same, the quarter could be missing clad layers. Either way you look at it, it definitely sounds like you have an error. I would recommend taking the the quarter to a reputable coin dealer in your area. They should be able to tell you a bit more about the quarter! Thanks for posting, and nice find.
dihedral on April 22, 2015:
I believe I have a 2010 Yosemite America the Beautiful D mint struck on a Presidential (the brass looking one) planchet! Does anyone know of another example and if so the worth?
Stargrrl on February 27, 2015:
Wow. This was really interesting. Not to mention thoroughly researched and well written.
Blackspaniel1 on February 27, 2015:
Have any errors occurred in the San Francisco quarters? Circulation S quarters exist, but have to be purchased. They are even lower mintages than the others, so an error coin might be worth more, since fewer migh exist. Let's hope the five ounce silver coins were minted with care.
MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on February 27, 2015:
I collected the statehood quarters, but never was able to get the last few from the Denver mint. I had no idea about this new set of quarters. I wonder why this wasn't publicized more?