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America’s first national park was honored with the second United States Mint America the Beautiful Program quarter issue on June 3.
Mint Director Ed Moy co-hosted a Yellowstone quarter introduction ceremony with Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis June 3.
The ceremony was held near the famous Old Faithful geyser in Wyoming that is prominently depicted on the quarter.
“When Americans pull this coin out of their pockets, some will remember fond memories of their family vacation in Yellowstone, (while) others will be inspired to visit Yellowstone to create new memories,” Moy said.
“We are excited to be able to kick off the summer visitor season with the debut of this quarter,” said Lewis. “The images depicted on the coin of a bison and Old Faithful offer a sense of the special nature of Yellowstone.”
Serving as master of ceremonies was Al Nash, the park’s public affairs officer. Paul Schullery, a park historian, also offered remarks.
Children in attendance were given free examples of the new quarters while adults were able to exchange $10 in folding money for a 40-coin roll.
Collectors may buy a two-roll set of the new quarters for $32.95, or 100-coin bags, which are priced at $35.95 each.
To order, visit the Mint website at www.usmint.gov, or telephone (800) USA-MINT.
The full America the Beautiful series will stretch until 2021 and be comprised of 56 designs issued at the rate of five designs each year.
In late summer the U.S. Mint is expected to begin selling versions of the quarters struck on five-ounce silver planchets having a diameter of three inches.
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