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
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner approved the list on Aug. 25, 2009.
In addition to the coins for circulation, the Mint will produce
collectible 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, visit
From National Park Service