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Final 2010 quarter launched

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The fifth and final 2010 America the Beautiful quarter, which honors Mount Hood National Forest, was introduced Nov. 17 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Ore.

“Each time Americans see this coin, they will connect with Mount Hood’s magnificent beauty, humbling presence and the spiritual qualities that beckon to us today as they did to early inhabitants,” Andy Brunhart, deputy U.S. Mint director, said.

Co-hosting the formal ceremony with Brunhart was Gary Larsen, forest supervisor of the Mount Hood National Forest.

In his remarks, Larsen declared, “What a fitting way to memorialize Mount Hood as an American icon.”

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He explained, “Mount Hood figured very significantly as sacred land for Native Americans and has similar importance for us today.  We’re honored to have this recognition.”

The reverse shows a view of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground.

After the ceremony finished, children were given free examples. Rolls of 40 coins were sold for their $10 face value to adults.

Helping to make the ceremony a celebrity event, Matt Zaffino, chief meteorologist for KGW-TV, performed as master of ceremonies.

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Peter the Mint Eagle rounded out the dignitary list.

Bags and rolls of the new quarters can be purchased on the Mint’s website.

The bags of 100 uncirculated coins from either the Denver or Philadelphia Mints are priced at $35.95 each.

Sets containing an uncirculated roll each from Denver and Philadelphia are priced at $32.95.

All orders are assessed a $4.95 shipping and handling fee.

Visit www.usmint.gov for more information, or telephone (800) USA-MINT.

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