The new series of quarters featuring National Parks and National Sites will continue in 2011 with five more releases. These buy hypixel skyblock coins America the Beautiful Quarters will feature sites in the states of Pennsylvania, Montana, Washington, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
I think the designs for the coming year are particularly well done. Each has a very unique and distinctive image that can serve as an iconic statement about the area portrayed. Two of the coins feature National Military Parks, two feature National Parks, and one features a National Recreation Area.
Designs were picked by the United States Treasury of the Secretary, but he was required to consider the input of various committees and other interested parties. The final design selections for the reverse of each quarter are shown below.
First up for release will be the Gettysburg National Park Quarter, which includes a depiction of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument. The design is by Joel Iskowitz.
Next is the Glacier National Park Quarter, which includes an image of a mountain goat on a rocky ledge. The northeast slope of Mount Reynolds appears in the background. The design is by Barbara Fox.
The Olympic National Park Quarter will be released in the middle of the year. A Roosevelt Elk is shown stepping into a river. Mount Olympus appears in the distance. This design is by Susan Gamble.
A stunning scene of the U.S. Cairo appears on the Vicksburg National Park Quarter. The Union ironclad gunboat appears as it served during the American Civil War. This design was by Thomas Cleveland.
The final coin to be released for the year is the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter. The series can feature both National Parks and other federally designated areas, like the site chosen for Oklahoma. The design is by Donna Weaver.
2011 American Gold Eagles
The American Gold Eagle is minted in 22 karat gold and features one of the most beautiful coin designs of all time. The bullion versions of the coins are offered in four different sizes and contain one, one-half, one-quarter, or one-tenth ounce of pure gold. The coins have been minted and issued since 1986.
The obverse design was created by Augustus Saint Gaudens and used for the circulating gold double eagle, minted from 1907 to 1933. Liberty appears in flowing gown, with a lit torch and olive branch. The rays of the rising sun are behind with an image of the U.S. Capitol building offset to the left. The reverse features a family of eagles designed by Miley Busiek for the series.
The 2011 Gold Eagles went on sale to authorized purchasers on January 3, 2011. Like other US Mint bullion coins, this group purchases in bulk quantities and then resells to the public. The initial sales levels show a retraction from last year, when demand for gold bullion was especially heavy.
Currently the US Mint only has the one ounce bullion version of the 2011-dated Gold Eagle available. Fractional weight bullion coins are expected to be offered later in the year. Collector proof versions across all standard weights are scheduled to be released on April 24, 2011.