The 2010 Yellowstone National Park Quarter was the second release of the new America the Beautiful Quarter series. Although Yellowstone is known as America’s first National Park, it was featured second in the series since the site at Hot Springs was designated as a federal reserve at an earlier date.
The Yellowstone Quarter has an obverse design bearing a portrait of George Washington. This is a restored version of the original design by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington Quarter. The reverse design featured an image of the geyser known as Old Faithful, with buffalo in the foreground and background of the image. The reverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
The circulation release date for the quarters was June 1, 2010. This closely followed the previous release date, as a total of five different designs had to be released during the year despite the delayed start for the series. A launch ceremony was held two days later within view of Old Faithful.
In addition to release into the channels of circulation, the United States Mint offered circulating quality coins packaged in numismatic bags and rolls. Collectible versions of the coins were issued in annual sets issued by the United States Mint. Finally, an over-sized 5 ounce silver bullion coin was issued featuring an exact duplicate design of the quarter.
Designer: John Flanagan (obverse), Don Everhart (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 Mintages