Designs for the first five quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program were unveiled March 24 in a special ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
“Through America the Beautiful Quarters coins, we will be transported to national paks, 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,” said U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy said.
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).
“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.
Other speakers included Congressman Mike Castle, one of the lead co-sponsors of the legislation; United States Treasurer Rosie Rios; Harris Sherman, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment; and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.