Coin enthusiasts across the country are celebrating the beauty of national parks and sites through the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The 2012 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set features quarters in lustrous 90 percent silver honoring El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Now you can purchase this keepsake for yourself or a friend.
Enhance your collection in 2012 by purchasing the America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. The 2012 edition features the third set of America the Beautiful Quarters® to be released in pristine proof condition. Each of the five quarters bears an "S" mint mark for the United States Mint at San Francisco and comes in a protective clear plastic lens.
Now you can add the 2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Vicksburg National Military Park to your collection. The fourth coin to be released in the 2011 series, the reverse depicts the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River as it would have been seen when it served the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. Enhance your collection with this classic keepsake. View designs or purchase this unique collectible today.
|02/07/2012||2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™— El Yunque National Forest|
|02/09/2012||2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™— Chickasaw National Recreation Area|
|02/16/2012||2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar|
As Inspector Collector presents this month's Coin of the Month, he shines his spotlight on the parrot on the El Yunque National Forest quarter. Just out this month, this quarter is number 11 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
The parrot symbolizes Puerto Rican history and national pride. Puerto Rico is its natural habitat, yet it was once in danger of becoming extinct. At one time, the total population dropped below 25 birds.
Follow the story of this unique animal's recovery to date in January's Coin of the Month.
If you're an educator of any stripe, you'll want to check out the new lesson plans for 2012 from the United States Mint. There are a total of 25 new quarter-based plans and four for the Native American $1 Coin now on the site.
These teacher-developed plans cover a wide array of subject areas for grades K through 12 and are all free to download, complete with worksheets. The quarter plans cover national sites from Maine to Hawaii. The theme for the Native American plans is "Trade Routes in the 17th Century," part of the foundation of our modern highway system. Fascinating material for your students!