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US Mint Unveils First Five Coins in America the Beautiful Quarters Program

The United States Mint unveiled the designs for the first five quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program in a special ceremony today at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

United States Mint Director Ed Moy treated special guests and the media to a first look at the new designs, which celebrate the spectacular natural wonders that are found in the United States’ national parks, forests, shores and other national sites.

“Through America the Beautiful Quarters coins, we will be transported to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, part of a vast public land legacy belonging to all Americans-natural and cultural treasures protected for our recreation, relaxation, education, inspiration and transformation,” Director Moy said.

“This program holds real value in helping Americans of all ages learn more about U.S. history, landmarks and culture through highlighting 56 national parks and sites throughout our country and territories in a series of quarters that will live on for generations,” said Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios.

The first quarter in the series, which honors Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, will be released into circulation on April 19, with an official launch ceremony in Hot Springs on April 20. It will be followed by quarters honoring Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (June); Yosemite National Park in California (July); Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona (September); and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon (November).

America the Beautiful Quarters Designs

HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

The Hot Springs National Park Quarter is the first of 2010 and the first overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. Hot Springs National Park, destination of the Dunbar-Hunter Expedition sent by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804, features prehistoric American Indian quarries. A bustling town grew up around the hot springs to provide health services. Hot Springs was first established as a national site on April 20, 1832, to conserve the water from the 47 springs that emerge from Hot Springs Mountain and to ensure that water was made available for drinking and therapy.

The quarter’s reverse (tails side) image depicts the façade of the Hot Springs National Park headquarters building with a fountain in the foreground. The headquarters was built in the Spanish colonial revival style and completed in 1936. The National Park Service emblem is featured to the right of the door. Inscriptions are HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Hot Springs National Park.

Yellowstone National Park

First established as a national site on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is home to a large variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.

Preserved within the park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers.

The reverse image features the Old Faithful geyser with a mature bull bison in the foreground. Inscriptions are YELLOWSTONE, WYOMING, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Yellowstone National Park.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles are deep valleys, grand meadows and ancient giant sequoias.

It was first established as a national site on October 1, 1890.

The reverse image depicts the iconic El Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor and is the largest monolith of granite in the world.

Inscriptions are YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Yosemite National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms the senses through its immense size – 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep.

The Grand Canyon was first established as a national site on February 20, 1893.

The reverse image features a view of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. Granaries were used for storing food and seeds (A.D. 500).

Inscriptions are GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Grand Canyon National Park.

MOUNT HOOD, OREGON

The Mount Hood National Forest Quarter is the fifth of 2010 and the fifth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program.

Located 20 miles east of Portland, Oregon, which lies in the northern part of the Willamette River Valley, Mount Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than 60 miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams, to the Olallie Scenic Area.

The forest encompasses more than one million acres. Two of its many highlights are the Timberline Lodge, a national historic landmark in its own right, and the Clackamas Wild and Scenic River. Mount Hood was first established as a national site on September 28, 1893.

This reverse image depicts a view of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground. Inscriptions are MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Mount Hood National Forest.

Each coin in the series features a common obverse (heads side) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which has been restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

“Today we celebrate the breathtaking landscapes and natural heritage of ‘America the Beautiful,’ by commemorating our country’s most treasured places on our currency,” Secretary Salazar said. “When people come across one of these quarters, they will see the word ‘Liberty’ on one side and a national park, refuge, or forest on the other. They will know that Americans cherish these things dearly and desire to share both the freedom and the beauty of our land with all who likewise cherish them.”

America the Beautiful Quarters Program Overview

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Act)(Public Law 110-456). The Act directs the United States Mint to mint and issue 56 circulating quarters with reverse designs emblematic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories-the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The quarters will be released sequentially each year through 2021 in the order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or national site. The designs on the reverse of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters will rotate five times each year through 2020, with the final coin being released in 2021.

For more information on the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, please visit http://www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov.

Collecting the America the Beautiful Quarters
The quarters will be legal tender coinage, issued by the United States Mint and available in general circulation.

“Coin collectors, adventure enthusiasts and patriotic Americans will look forward to the design announcement and release of new coins each year,” said Director Moy. “More than 147 million people collected the 50 State Quarters coins, and we expect interest in the America the Beautiful Quarters to continue.”

Customers may sign-up online to receive the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters products each year through several new subscription programs. To find out more information or to place subscription orders, visit the United States Mint Web site at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Additionally, under the United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion CoinTM Program, the United States Mint will mint and issue silver bullion coins that are duplicates of the quarter-dollar coins. The bullion coins, to be struck in .999 fine silver, will be three inches in diameter and weigh five ounces.

Learning through the America the Beautiful Quarters Program

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will also introduce a brand new lesson plan format with a series of interactive educational tools for students from kindergarten through high school. Students will be able to take a virtual visit to the national sites highlighted each year and have the opportunity to learn about forest communities and the plants and animals that live in our national parks and sites. For more information about America the Beautiful Quarters Program educational resources, please visit http://www.usmint.gov/?action=educators.

“The America the Beautiful Quarters Program promises a fresh infusion of energy and creativity for the Mint’s Education Initiative. The program’s commitment to education complements Treasury’s ongoing efforts to bring the fundamentals of economics and finance into the classroom to help educate tomorrow’s consumers and build a stronger economy,” continued Rios.

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