The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program.
Authorized by Public Law 110–456, the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks or other national sites in each state, the District of Columbia, and each territory”.
Similar to the issuance order of the 50 State Quarters Program, America the Beautiful National Parks quarters are issued one per state, based on the order in which the selected site were first established as a National Park.
Bombay Hook, from the Dutch Boompjes Hoeck, is an important migratory stop for birds along the Atlantic Flyway. The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge was established on March 16, 1937, and serves today as the temporary stopping point for more than 300 species of birds.
A modern reworking of John Flanagan’s Washington quarter design. Washington’s left-facing bust sits in the center of the coin. Flanagan’s initials “JF” is visible in the bust truncation. Wrapping around the top of the coin is the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. To Washington’s left is the inscription LIBERTY. To his right, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The coin’s denomination wraps around the bottom of the coin, written as QUARTER DOLLAR.
Reverse: A scene from the Bombay Hook wetlands. In the foreground, facing left is a great blue heron. In the background, leaning over, beak touching the water, is a great egret. A thick semi-circular frame wraps around the coin. At the top of the frame appears the word BOMBAY HOOK. At the eight o’clock position is the inscription DELAWARE. At the five o’clock position is E PLURIBUS UNUM. At the bottom, the date 2015. A wild turkey takes flight over a grassy field. To the left is a wooded tree line. Joel Iskowitz’s initials “JI” appear in the grass at the bottom / 7 o’clock position of the coin, Phebe Hemphill’s initials “PH” appear in the grass above the “E” in PLURIBUS.
Designer(s): American sculptor John Flanagan’s work in the medallic and metal arts ranks him as one of the best artists of his generation. For generations of coin collectors, he is best known for his Washington quarter design. View Designers Profile. Joel Iskowitz joined the U.S. Mint’s design staff in 2005. View Designers Profile. Designer Phebe Hemphill joined the U.S. Mint in 2006, and since that time has become one of the nation’s most prolific coin designers. View Designers Profile.
|Year Of Issue:||2015|
|Mint Mark:||P, D, & S|
|Alloy:||91.69% Copper, 8.33% Nickel (business strike, clad proof) .900 Silver (Proof)|
|Weight:||5.67 grams (Cu-Ni), 6.25 grams (.900 silver)|
|OBV Designer||John Flanagan|
|REV Designer||Joel Iskowitz / Phebe Hemphill|
|Quality:||Uncirculated & Proof|
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