The front (obverse) of the Hawai'i Volcanoes bullion coin features a classic portrait of George Washington. Designed by John Flanagan, this portrait is characteristic of U.S. quarters.
Originally, the Kilauea and Halema'uma'u volcanoes were considered to be the home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess. In the 1800s, these volcanoes became a tourist attraction, and the idea of turning the region into a protected park came around the turn of the century. The resolution for the park was eventually signed by Woodrow Wilson on August 1, 1916, making it America's 11th national park.
Today, Hawaii's volcanoes see around 1,800,000 visitors per year, and they are among the most active volcanoes in the world.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2012 with 14,863 uncirculated coins
- Silver Content: 0.999 fine silver
- Diameter: 76.2 mm in diameter (3 in.)
- Thickness: 3.25 mm in thickness (0.128 in.)
- Weight: 5 troy ounces (155.5g)
- Face Value: $0.25
- Coin Highlights:
- 14th overall America the Beautiful coin series release
- 4th coin released in the series for 2012
- Contains 0.999 pure silver
- Coin's final design was selected by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury out of several options
- Coin quality is guaranteed
The American the Beautiful series appeals to a wide range of collectors and investors because it is available as both circulated quarters and uncirculated silver bullion. Uncirculated bullion contains 0.999 fine silver, making it a great investment opportunity for precious metals investors since the coin's value far exceeds its face value.
On the other hand, circulated quarters are popular for casual collectors since they can be found for free if you are willing to search.