The Department of the Interior and U.S. Mint have unveiled the first five “America the Beautiful” quarters. The series kicks off with coins featuring America’s four oldest national parks – Hot Springs, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon – and Mount Hood National Forest.
The five quarters were unveiled Wednesday and are the first of 56 that will be issued between 2010 and 2021. They will include 48 National Park sites, two U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites, and six U.S. Forest Service sites.
Washington will be represented by Olympic National Park. That coin is scheduled to be released in 2011.
The coins will be issued sequentially in the order in which the featured location was first placed under the care of the federal government. Hot Springs National Park was established as Hot Springs Reservation in 1832 and later became a national park. Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, followed by Yosemite in 1890 and the Grand Canyon in 1893.
Congress authorized the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 to celebrate the nation’s legacy of conservation.
Salazar and the United States Mint selected the places based on
recommendations from the governor or chief executive of each jurisdiction.
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner approved the list on August
In addition to the coins for circulation, the Mint will produce collectable items including proof sets, silver proof sets, a five ounce silver bullion coin, coin bags, and coin rolls for each quarter.