"Beautiful" Quarter Designs Unveiled

"America the Beautiful" quarters will soon be in circulation

By Pat Lawson Muse
|  Thursday, Mar 25, 2010  |  Updated 8:07 AM EDT
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2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Unveiled

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Brother, can you spare a quarter? How about a brand spanking new piece of Americana?

You will soon be able to get your hands on the U.S. Mint’s hottest new quarters, whether you want to spend or collect them. The new minting marks the beginning of the 12-year "America the Beautiful Quarter Program," honoring 50 states, five territories and D.C., according to U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy.

The first five quarter designs were unveiled during a ceremony at the Newseum. They bear the imprinted images of some of the nation’s most breathtaking natural wonders -- Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.

The first quarter in the series, honoring Hot Springs, will be released into circulation April 19.

Each coin in the series features a common obverse (heads side) bearing the engraved image of the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. Washington’s face has been restored to show subtle details and the beauty of the original model. The designs on the flip sides of the quarters will rotate five times each year and will showcase the nation’s natural and cultural treasures.

“Through American the Beautiful Quarters coins, we will be transported to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, part of a vast public land legacy belonging to all Americans,” Moy said.

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