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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