First Five America the Beautiful Quarters Unveiled

March 25, 2010
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios and U.S. Mint
Director Ed Moy in unveiling 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. “Today we celebrate the breathtaking landscapes and
natural heritage of ‘America the Beautiful,’ by commemorating our country’s most treasured
places on our currency” Salazar said. “When people come across one of these quarters, they
will see the word ‘Liberty’ on one side and a national park, refuge, or forest on the
other. They will know that Americans cherish these things dearly and desire to share both
the freedom and the beauty of our land with all who likewise cherish them.” The five
quarters unveiled today 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. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman and Rep. Mike
Castle, who introduced the legislation authorizing the quarters, also were in attendance.
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. The legislation recalls noteworthy steps
in the nation’s preservation movement and quotes Theodore Roosevelt who said that nothing
short of defending this country in wartime “compares in importance with the great central
task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendents than it is for us.”
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 25, 2009. 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. For more information
about the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, please visit href="http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/index.cfm" target="_blank">The
United States Mint.

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