Category: Currency

2012 America the Beautiful Quarter Design Proposals

Can­di­date designs for the 2012 Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ters are now avail­able. Although release of the coin is still more than a year away, the design process involves dif­fer­ent lev­els of review, which begin years before the actu­al cir­cu­la­tion release dates. For the third year of release, the series will present El Yunque Nation­al For­est in Puer­to Rico, Cha­co Cul­ture Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park in New Mex­i­co, Aca­dia Nation­al Park in Maine, Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Nation­al Park in Hawaii, and Denali Nation­al Park in Alas­ka. For each of the releas­es, there were either four or five design can­di­dates pre­pared for review by the Com­mis­sion of Fine Arts and the Cit­i­zens Coinage Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee. The feed­back and design rec­om­men­da­tions pro­vid­ed will be con­sid­ered by the Unit­ed States Trea­sury Sec­re­tary, who has the final author­i­ty for coinage designs. Images of design can­di­dates for the 2012 Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ters are shown below. 2012 El Yunque Nation­al For­est Quar­ter Two of the design can­di­dates fea­ture depic­tions of a water­fall, while the oth­ers focus on the ani­mal life with­in the for­est. Since El Yunque Nation­al For­est is the home to many endan­gered species, the CCAC and CFA both favored the ani­mal life designs in their reviews. Both endorsed a depic­tion of the endan­gered coqui frog and threat­ened Puer­to Rican...

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National Park Quarters

Nation­al Park Quar­ters, also referred to as Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ters, will include five dif­fer­ent designs per year fea­tur­ing Nation­al Parks and Nation­al Sites of Amer­i­ca. El Yunque Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ter The first coin in 2012 to appear as part of the Unit­ed States Mint Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ters™ Pro­gram will be the 2012 El Yunque Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ter fea­tur­ing El Yunque Nation­al For­est in Puer­to Rico. The pro­gram itself start­ed in 2010 and fea­tures five new quar­ters a year, mak­ing this strike the eleventh in the series. Final design selec­tions for the coin will not be...

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The Currencies of Puerto Rico

The cur­ren­cies of Puer­to Rico fol­lowed the devel­op­ment of the island close­ly.  It was grant­ed the use of both Spain and the Unit­ed Stat­ed because it was a colony of both coun­tries.  Puer­to Rico had its own gold, but by the 16th cen­tu­ry, the arch­i­pel­ago was run­ning out of it.  And because of this, a ship­ment of gold from the Viceroy­al­ty of New Spain was sent to the island to pro­vide eco­nom­ic sup­port.  This was called the Situ­a­do Mex­i­cano.  Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the ship­ment wouldn’t arrive often and with the lack of com­mer­cial pros­per­i­ty, plus nat­ur­al con­di­tions and dis­as­ters, mul­ti­ply­ing the...

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Puerto Rico Gets Some Change:

US Mint unveils quar­ter with Span­ish inscrip­tion The Asso­ci­at­ed Press Fri­day, April 3rd 2009, 1:26 PM SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — The direc­tor of the U.S. Mint on Thurs­day unveiled the first U.S. coin with an inscrip­tion in Span­ish, a quar­ter hon­or­ing Puer­to Rico as the “Isla del Encan­to” — or “Island of Enchant­ment.” The coin pre­sent­ed at a cer­e­mo­ny in the Caribbean territory’s cap­i­tal is the lat­est in a series that already has rec­og­nized all 50 states and, like the oth­ers, it depicts the tra­di­tion­al pro­file of George Wash­ing­ton on one side. But the reverse side shows a...

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Puerto Rico Quarter

The Unit­ed States Mint on Thurs­day April 2, intro­duced the 2009 Puer­to Rico quar­ter, which is the sec­ond of six com­mem­o­ra­tive quar­ters issued in the 2009 Dis­trict of Colum­bia and U.S. Ter­ri­to­ries Quar­ters Program.The quar­ter-dol­lar reverse or tails side was designed by US Mint Sculp­tor-Engraver Joseph Men­na. It depicts a sen­try box in Old San Juan over­look­ing the sea and Puer­to Rico’s offi­cial flower, the hibis­cus. The reverse also includes the inscrip­tions Isla del Encan­to (Island of Enchant­ment), mak­ing it the first U.S. coin to cir­cu­late with a phrase in Span­ish. MORE INFO   I have found that a Col­orized ver­sion of the Puer­to Rico quar­ter is avail­able so I added this pic­ture of one just to show you how beau­ti­ful it...

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