The fourth coin to be seen in 2012 as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will be the 2012 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter. The strike will also be the fourteenth to be released since the program began in 2010. The quarter dollar is scheduled to enter circulation with a release date of August 27, 2012.
Artists submitted reverse designs for the coin in 2010. By October of the year, five proposals or candidate designs were officially unveiled by the United States Mint for review. These designs had been given to official bodies like the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) who not only reviewed them but offered their recommendations. Eventually, the United States Mint presented the designs to the Treasury Secretary who has the official role in selecting the ultimate design for each of the America the Beautiful Quarters. On December 8, 2011, the United States Mint announced the chosen design and provided an image of it, shown above.
Designed and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers, the reverse of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter depicts an eruption on the east rift of Kilauea Volcano. Inscriptions include HAWAI’I VOLCANOES, HAWAII, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
All of the America the Beautiful Quarters feature the same obverse, a restored 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
The United Mint States typically offers circulation quality strikes available for sale directly to the public on or around the same day the coins are offered into general circulation. Past years issues have been 100-coin bags and two-roll sets.
Additional 2012 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- El Yunque National Forest Quarter
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter
- Acadia National Park Quarter
- Denali National Park Quarter
Also issued in 2012 will be a five ounce versions of this coin that bear the same designs — the investment Hawaii Volcanoes America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin and the numismatic Hawaii Volcanoes America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
Established in 1916, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawaii (also known as the big island).
The park was the eleventh National Park created in the United States and has seen many changes over the years. One of the most dramatic of these is the continual eruption of Kilauea since 1983. It has sent millions of cubic yards of lava into the sea resulting in new land, meaning the island is actually growing.
This occurs because the hot lava hits the ocean water and immediately cools the red hot substance to form rock. Today, the park consists of over 500 square miles of varied terrain and climates ranging from a rain forest to a volcanic desert created by acid rain. Elevations in the park go from sea-level to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet.
Another major change for the park resulted in 2004 when 115,788 acres was added to it through a US $21.9 million purchase from the Samuel Mills Damon Estate. It resulted in the park growing by over 56%.
Over 1.5 million visitors make their way to the island park annually to see the volcanic activity in action. Activity ranges from vents in Summit Crater billowing ash and fumes to lava flows accessible to visitors.