America the Beautiful Quarter Errors List
With 56 unique Statehood Quarter designs minted over a short period of just eleven 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!
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
- 2010 - Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas), Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Yosemite National Park (California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona), Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon).
- 2011 - Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania), Glacier National Park (Montana), Olympic National Park (Washington), Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi), Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma).
- 2012 - 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).
- 2013 - 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).
- 2014 - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee), Shenandoah National Park (Virginia), Arches National Park (Utah), Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado), Everglades National Park (Florida).
- 2015 - 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).
- 2016 - 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).
- 2017 - 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).
- 2018 - 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).
- 2019 - 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).
- 2020 - 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).
- 2021 - 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.
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!
- Clipped Planchet - 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 singe 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+
- Off Center Strike - 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!
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