A little historical pomp and kids eager to get their hands on the new coin helped Mint Director Ed Moy set in motion the new America the Beautiful quarter series with the Hot Springs National Park issue.
The ceremony in Hot Springs was held April 20, the 178th anniversary of federal protection for the Arkansas site.
“With the launch of the Hot Springs National Park Quarter, a uniquely American journey begins, a journey through coins in celebration of the beauty, history and impact of national sites in every state and territory,” Moy declared.
National Park Service Midwest Regional Director Ernie Quintana and Hot Springs National Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez joined Moy for a ceremonial pour of the new coins from Mint bags.
Free examples were given away to several hundred schoolchildren in the audience, the Mint said.
Adults were able to buy $10 rolls for their face value.
The reverse of the Hot Springs quarter depicts the 1936 Spanish colonial revival style park headquarters building there.
Four other designs will be released this year for Wyoming’s Yellowstone, California’s Yosemite, Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Oregon’s Mount Hood National Parks.