The series known as the America the Beautiful Quarters includes a total of 56 different issues, released over a period of twelve years. The 2012 Acadia National Park Quarter will represent the thirteenth overall release, representing the coastal area of Maine.
On the obverse of the quarter will be a portrait of George Washington, designed by John Flanagan. This image is used in common for all issues of the series. The reverse design will present a scene or image representative of the park. So far, five candidate designs have been released by the United States Mint. From this field, one will be selected for use in production on the National Park Quarter.
Popular choices from amongst the candidates include views of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.
In the early 20th century, conservationalist George Dorr and others formed a corporation to acquire land for perpetual use by the public. An area encompassing 6000 acres was offered to the federal government. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act establishing the area as the first National Park east of the Mississippi River.
The Acadia National Park Quarter will be released around the middle of 2012. The coins will appear within the channels of circulation, as well as collector products offered by the US Mint.