The 2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter was the third release of the America the Beautiful Quarter series, honoring the park located in the state of California. The coin’s release continued the inaugural year of the new series honoring a National Park or Site in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
The reverse design for the Yosemite Quarter features a view of the granite cliff known as El Capitan. The cliff is the largest monolith of granite in the world, rising more than 3,000 feet high. Inscriptions around the outer ring read “California”, “Yosemite”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “2010”. The reverse was designed by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
Yellowstone Quarters were released into circulation for the first time on July 26, 2010. On the same date, the US Mint began sales of numismatic bags and rolls, providing a ready supply of the coins for collectors. A launch ceremony was held for the new quarter three days following. The ceremony was widely attended by an enthusiastic crowd.
The US Mint released additional products incorporating the quarter such as a three coin set, America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set, and the annual proof and mint sets.
Designer: John Flanagan (obverse), Joseph Menna (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