Friday, March 26, 2010

National Parks quarters unveiled

Earlier in the week, federal government officials unveiled the first five “America the Beautiful” quarters, featuring America’s four oldest national parks – Hot Springs, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon – and Mount Hood National Forest.

The five quarters 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.

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.

Quarters featuring Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be issued in 2014 while the Blue Ridge Parkway coins will be issued in 2015.

For more information about the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, please click here.

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