• 25 Cents 2012, KM# 523, United States of America (USA), America the Beautiful Quarters Program, Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve
  • 25 Cents 2012, KM# 523, United States of America (USA), America the Beautiful Quarters Program, Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve
Description

The America the Beautiful Quarters are a series of 25-cent pieces (quarters) issued by the United States Mint from 2010 until at least 2021.

Denali National Park and Preserve is a national park and preserve located in Interior Alaska, centered on Denali, the highest mountain in North America. The park and contiguous preserve encompasses more than 6 million acres. Denali's landscape is a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, including deciduous taiga. The park's dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife, including grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose. Archeological evidence that dates back more than 12,000 years ago indicates Alaska's native people moved through this landscape seasonally, likely hunting large mammals, fishing and gathering plants. Today, 400,000 people visit the park annually. Wintertime activities includes dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowmachining.

Quarters are issued depicting designs of national parks and sites in the order of which that park or site was deemed a national site. Release date (national site date): November 5, 2012 (February 26, 1917).

Obverse

A head of George Washington, the first President of the United States, facing left.

Designer: John Flanagan (JF), 1932 version from a 1786 bust by Houdon / William Cousins.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN
GOD WE
TRUST
LIBERTY
P
JF
QUARTER DOLLAR

Reverse

Features a Dall sheep with Mount McKinley rising in the background.

The Dall sheep (originally Dall's sheep), Ovis dalli, is a species of sheep native to northwestern North America, ranging from white to slate brown in color and having curved yellowish brown horns. The latter half of the Latin name dalli is derived from William Healey Dall (1845–1927), an American naturalist. The sheep inhabit the subarctic mountain ranges of Alaska, the Yukon Territory, the Mackenzie Mountains in the western Northwest Territories, and central and northern British Columbia. Dall sheep are found in relatively dry country and try to stay in a special combination of open alpine ridges, meadows, and steep slopes with extremely rugged ground in the immediate vicinity, to allow escape from predators that cannot travel quickly through such terrain.

Denali (also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name) is a mountain peak with a summit elevation of 6,190 m (20,310 feet) above sea level. At some 5,500 m (18,000 ft), the base-to-peak rise is the largest of any mountain situated entirely above sea level. Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.

Designer: Susan Gamble (SG)
Engraver: Jim Licaretz (JL)

DENALI
SG JL
ALASKA 2012 E PLURIBUS UNUM

Edge

25 Cents

Washington Quarter

America the Beautiful Quarters Program
Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve

Subscribe series
KM# 523 Schön# 515
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel Clad Copper
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 24.26 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mints
Denver Mint (D)
Philadelphia Mint (P)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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