The 2012 Denali National Park Quarter will be the fifteenth release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. After this coin is issued, the series will continue for another nine years, highlighting a different park or site in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia, at a rate of five different designs per year.
On the obverse of the Denali Quarter will be a portrait of President George Washington, as designed by John Flanagan. The reverse design for the coin will feature a scene representative of the park. The US Mint has already released candidate design images for the reverse, but typically the final selection is not known until late in the year before release. The leading candidate design shows a Dall Sheep with Mount McKinley in the background.
Denali National Park, located in Alaska, includes over 6 million acres of land. The most well known feature is Mount McKinley, which represents the highest mountain in North America. The park was first established in 1917, and later expanded by incorporating the lands previous established as Denali National Monument.
The US Mint will release the Denali National Park Quarter near the end of 2012. Coins will be produced for distribution to the channels of circulation as well as various numismatic products offered by the United States Mint. These products include annual proof sets, rolls and bags of coins, and other products.