The Great Basin National Park Quarter represented the third release of 2013 for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and the eighteenth release overall. The series was created to feature National Parks and sites from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
This site was selected to represent the state of Nevada. Under the legislation which authorized the new quarter series, the complete register of sites had to be determined within 270 days of enactment. On September 10, 2009, the United States Mint released the register. The order of appearance for the sites was based on the date first federally designated.
The reverse design of the coin by Ronald D. Sanders features a single Bristlecone Pine tree in the rocky moraines where the trees grow. Some Bristlecone pines have lived for nearly 5,000 years, an age far greater than any other known living organism. Inscriptions include “Great Basin”, “Nevada”, “2013”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of George Washington with inscriptions “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
On June 10, 2013, the Great Basin National Park Quarters were officially released for general circulation. These coins were struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints with mintages of 122,400,000 and 141,400,000 pieces respectively.
During the year, the United States Mint also offered circulating quality coins with the “S” mint mark within certain numismatic products, as well as oversized silver bullion and collector coins with a weight of 5 troy ounces and diameter of three inches.
About Great Basin National Park
The Great Basin National Park in Nevada has been called many things, by many people, and not all of them have been positive. Barren, wasteland and desolate are just some of the words that explorers and historians have used to describe this area. However, sometimes you just have to look at little bit harder to see a place’s beauty, and Great Basin is one of those places.
Despite being shunned by some of the thinnest skinned adventure seekers, Great Basin has been recognized by scientists and archaeologists as one of the culturally diverse and interesting parks in the country. For this reason, it was officially protected by the government for the first time in January of 1922.
One of the most interesting facts about the Great Basin National Park is that it is one of the few places where you can really observe the night sky in all of its glory. There are many people that think they can go out into their backyards to look at the stars and constellations, but what they don’t know is that light pollution from buildings, cars and streetlights is preventing them from seeing anything but a small percentage of the heavenly bodies. When you journey to Great Basin, you will learn how dark the night sky can really be, and as a result, you just might get to see the Milky Way with your naked eyes. The Great Basin National Park is also home to some of the most interesting forest and cave habitats that are just waiting to be explored.