Quarter

Circulating Coins

Background

The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is the U.S. 25-cent coin program, spanning 2010 to 2021. The obverse (heads) shows the profile of George Washington used on the quarter since 1932. The reverse (tails) features five designs each year depicting national parks and sites from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and territories.

The first quarter made by the U.S. Mint in 1796 was silver. The designs from 1796 to 1930 showed Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

From 1916 to 1930, the Mint produced the “Standing Liberty” quarter designed by Hermon A. MacNeil. The early 20th century brought some of our country’s most iconic coin designs, including this quarter. The obverse featured the figure of Liberty stepping through the opening in a wall. She held a shield in one hand and an olive branch in the other. The reverse depicted an eagle in flight.

In 1932, an image of George Washington designed by John Flanagan replaced Liberty on the obverse of the quarter. The design change honored Washington’s 200th birthday. From 1932 to 1998, the reverse featured an eagle with wings spread, standing on a bundle of arrows with olive branches beneath it. In 1965, the Mint removed silver from the quarter and the composition became copper-nickel clad.

In 1975 and 1976, the Mint celebrated the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence with a temporary reverse design. The “Bicentennial” quarter shows a colonial drummer and a victory torch circled by 13 stars, representing the 13 original colonies. It is impossible to tell a quarter minted in 1975 from one in 1976, as all are inscribed with “1776-1976”.

From 1999 to 2008, the reverse design changed five times a year through the 50 State Quarters Program. The reverse designs featured elements that celebrated each state. In 2009, the reverse design changed six times through the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.

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Characteristics

Obverse (heads): Shows the familiar image of George Washington used on the quarter since 1932.

Reverse (tails): Depicts different national parks and sites from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and territories through the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • QUARTER DOLLAR

Reverse Inscriptions

  • The national site name
  • Location (state or territory)
  • Year
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Composition Weight Diameter Thickness Edge No. of Reeds
Cupro-Nickel
8.33% Ni
Balance Cu
5.670 g
0.955 in.
24.26 mm
1.75 mm Reeded 119
Content last reviewed November 16, 2020

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