Thursday, December 2, 2010

National Parks honored on more quarters by US mint

2011 Coin: Olympic National Park, Washington -- Depicts a Roosevelt elk standing on
a gravel river bar of the Hoh River with a view of Mount Olympus in the background. 

The National Park Service, facing difficult budgetary concerns, is at least getting some love -- if not money -- from the U.S. Mint.

The designs for the second set of coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program were announced Wednesday via a press release from the mint in Washington, D.C.

Making the tail’s side of the coin for the 2011 quarters will be Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania), Glacier National Park (Montana), Olympic National Park (Washington), Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi) and Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma).

One needn’t wait to see the first set of America the Beautiful Quarters. You might find one of these 2010 quarters in your pocket or purse right now:

Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas), Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Yosemite National Park (California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) and Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon).

2011 Coin: Glacier National Park,
Montana -- Depicts a classic
view of the northeast slope of
Mount Reynolds towering
in the distance, while a mountain
goat clamors over the rocky slopes
of the park's high country.
George Washington remains on the flipside for all these classically designed quarters, which came about from the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. (If only a dollar would stretch as long as that title).

The act directs the mint to issue 56 quarters with designs emblematic of a national park or other national site in each state, D.C. and the five U.S. territories.

Might take you a while to collect them all since the last coin will be released in 2021.

For now, let these National Park quarters help remind you of what Oprah Winfrey essentially told us last month to do, and that’s to go visit a National Park.

And then consider donating a few quarters.

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