The first coin in 2013 as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program is the 2013 White Mountain National Forest Quarter. It is the sixteenth issued in the program that debuted in 2010.
As seen in the quarter image above, the reverse design honors White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.
This quarter-dollar launched into circulation on January 28, 2013. An official release ceremony is scheduled for February 21, 2013 at Plymouth State University. The U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) on the 28th also started accepting orders for circulating-quality White Mountain quarters within 100-coin bags, two-roll sets and three-roll sets. These products are a convenient means of obtaining the coins quickly and from each United States Mint facility that produces them. The bureau does, however, charge more than face value to get them.
U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco strike America the Beautiful Quarters. Those found in circulation originate from Philadelphia and Denver and carry the corresponding ‘P’ or ‘D’ mint mark. The San Francisco Mint produces circulating-quality versions as well, but these are for collectors and not released into circulation. They have a ‘S" mint mark. Each of the mints also produce collector versions in proof and uncirculated qualities and in 90% silver. These are sold directly to the public by the Mint. Products featuring various or all the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters are released throughout 2013. (Keep up to date with releases by monitoring this site’s news section.)
Designs for each of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters were revealed by the United States Mint on December 10, 2012.
2013 White Mountain National Forest Quarters depicts Mt. Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, framed by birch trees. The scene was designed and executed by Phebe Hemphill. Reverse inscriptions include WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The U.S. Mint will also issue five ounce precious metal versions of this strike in bullion and uncirculated. Bullion versions, intended for investors, are sold through dealers when released. The U.S. Mint has not announced the on sale date for the 2013 White Mountain Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
Additional 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters for the year include:
- Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter - April 1, 2013
- Great Basin National Park Quarter – June 10, 2013
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter - August 26, 2013
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter - November 4, 2013
White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire
White Mountain National Forest was initially established in 1918 and lies mostly in the state of New Hampshire (a small part of the forest is located in the state of Maine). The forest covers almost 800,000 acres or about 80% of the size of the state of Rhode Island.
The forest lays claim to over 100 miles of the 2,000 mile plus scenic hiking path known as the Appalachian Trail, which starts in Maine and ends in Georgia. When in the White Mountain area, visitors are treated to a multitude of recreational activities in addition to hiking liking camping and skiing.
White Mountain also boasts proximity as a main feature claiming 60 million US residents are within a day’s drive of its borders. Its location results in the forest being one of the most visited in the nation with over 6 million enjoying its beauty annually.
Five federal wilderness areas are located within the park boundaries. This additional status provides a higher level of protection for those chosen sites by preventing most logging and commercial activities from occurring. They are, however, still open for recreational purposes.
Mount Washington, the highest peak north of the Smoky Mountains and east of the Mississippi is located within White Mountain National Forest.