The 2010 Mount Hood National Forest Quarter represented the final release of 2010 for the new America the Beautiful Quarter series, featuring the forest located in the state of Oregon. Although most subjects for the reverse designs of the new quarter series will be National Parks, other sites under the protection of a federal entity are also portrayed.
The obverse of the Mount Hood Quarter features a portrait of George Washington, designed by John Flanagan. The US Mint has restored details of the design that originally appeared on the 1932 Washington Quarter for the new series.
The reverse features a view of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground, designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The inscriptions read “Mount Hood”, “Oregon”, the date “2010”, and the motto “E Pluribus Unum”.
The official circulation release date for the coin was November 15, 2010, with a launch ceremony held a few days afterward. The coins were released into the channels of circulation and also offered in numismatic products offered by the United States Mint. The Mount Hood Quarter was sold in two roll sets, 100-coin bags, and as part of the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, the silver version of the set, and the full annual coin sets. Additional products will be released by the US Mint in the following year.
This issue wrapped up the first year of issue for the America the Beautiful Quarter series. The program will continue through 2021 with the issuance of five different designs per year and one design in the final year of the series.
Designer: John Flanagan (obverse), Phebe Hemphill (reverse)
Mints: Philadelphia (P mint mark), Denver (D mint mark), and San Francisco (S mint mark)
Weight: 5.67 g
Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Thickness: 1.75 mm
More Information: America the Beautiful Quarters