National Park Quarters

Treasury Department will celebrate National Parks Service units with America the Beautiful Quarters
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Treasury Department will celebrate National Parks Service units with America the Beautiful Quarters

Move over, boring state quarters: National Parks quarters are takin' over. Beginning in 2010, the Treasury department will begin issuing America The Beautiful quarters, which will feature national parks and National Park Service sites on the tails side (ol' George Washington is still on the heads side, of course). Collect them all!

The Treasury Department will release 56 different national parks designs over the next several years to honor one location in each of the host jurisdictions (that includes all U.S. states, commonwealths, and territories). In 2010, they'll kick out quarters for:

  • Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon

Comments from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar:

“The new quarter program recognizes that public places of inspiration and recreation have always been important to Americans,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “The quarters highlight the diversity and magnificence of 48 National Park Service sites and two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuges cared for by the Department of the Interior as well as six national forests administered by the Department of Agriculture. Hopefully the coins will encourage people to learn more about each area and its significance to our heritage.”

Will you plan to collect the National Parks/America the Beautiful quarters? Which do you hope to see from your home state? Tell us in the comments.

—Ted Alvarez

United States Mint America The Beautiful Quarters Program (usmint.gov)

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