National Park Quarters Collection
|Composition||Clad, 90% silver|
|Weight||5.67-6.25 grams (see Composition)|
|Mints||Philadelphia (P), Denver (D), & San Francisco (S)|
Following the popular 1999-2008 Statehood Quarters program and one-year 2009 D.C. and U.S. Territories Quarters program, the United States Mint began issuing commemorative quarters with special reverse designs celebrating national parks and other national sites. From 2010-2021, a park or site is being honored in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. Territories – Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands. Each national park or site was selected for its natural or historical significance.
Like the Statehood quarters program, the National Park quarters are being minted and issued at the rate of five new designs per year, in approximately ten-week intervals. The coins are being released in the order that the locations were first designated as national sites. Once the scheduled ten-week period of production is over for each issue, no more quarters of that design will be minted for circulation. People enjoy the wide variety of designs, which represent the unique beauty of each site. Plus, building a National Park quarter collection is a great way to spend time with your family – whether you're searching together for that missing issue, or using the coins as a fun teaching tool!
National Park quarters are issued in the same standard composition as the preceding Statehood, D.C., and U.S. Territories quarters. Uncirculated coins made from a copper-nickel alloy are issued by the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, while both clad and 90% silver Proofs are struck in San Francisco. From 2012 to date, Uncirculated versions of the clad quarters have also been issued by the San Francisco Mint, struck for collectors only. Measuring 24.3 mm in diameter, each clad piece weighs 5.67 grams, while the silver Proofs weigh in at 6.25 grams.
Ways to Collect
If you're just starting out, it may be fun to start rooting around in your pocket change and seeing what you can find. This is a great way to get started, but with so many designs, it may be difficult to find some of the sites or scarcer mint marks. To build a quality collection, it is best to purchase graded coins from a trusted dealer. For the easiest way to build your collection, consider joining Littleton's Washington Quarters Club – each month you will receive a selection of National Park quarters for a 15-day examination period in your own home, risk free. If you discover any coins you like, purchasing them is simple – and if not, you can simply return them. This is a convenient way to see and handle the coins before you buy, and a great introduction to National Park quarters for a new collector.
Storage and Display
A complete year set of National Park quarters will contain 56 coins when the series ends in 2021 – a good reason to consider your options for storage and display! There are several ways to store your National Park quarter collection: for the first-time collector, a National Park Quarter Map Folder may be the simplest option. Or, you can select an easy-to-use National Park Quarter Display Folder that has predetermined spots for each site. Pairing a display folder with our coin checklist will make it even easier to complete your collection! These folders only hold one coin for each site – if you're planning on creating a complete collection, a National Park Quarter Album may be a better option. It has places for Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco issues.
Storage is incredibly important – you worked hard on your collection, and it deserves to be beautifully displayed! Find out more about caring for your coins.