Release of the El Yunque National Forest quarter was marked March 14 by Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios at a special ceremony at the El Portal Rain Forest Visitor Center at Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
She was joined by Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi and Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock.
“As Americans use this new quarter, they will connect to the stories of the endangered Puerto Rican parrot, the magnificent effort you are making to rescue this beautiful bird from extinction, and the biodiverse national treasure that is its home – El Yunque National Forest,” Rios said.
The parrot is one of the design elements on the new quarter along with acoqui tree frog. The quarter is the first design of five America the Beautiful quarters to be released in 2012.
Two-roll sets are priced at $32.95 each and 100-coin bags are $34.95 each. They can be purchased from the U.S. Mint.
Visit the website at www.usmint.gov, or telephone (800) USA-MINT for more information. All orders are assessed $4.95 for shipping and handling.