Parks in your pocket: America the Beautiful quarters

The Yosemite quarter, the third America the Beautiful quarter released, features El Cap.

Take a look at your loose change. You might be surprised to find you're carrying around Yosemite's El Capitan, the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser in your pockets.

In 2010, the U.S. Mint began issuing a series of 56 quarters featuring national parks and other national sites and forests. So far, four quarters have been issued: Arkansas's Hot Springs National Park, Wyoming's Yellowstone, California's Yosemite, and Arizona's Grand Canyon. Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest will be released in November.

A total of 56 quarters will be released now through 2021, five per year, in order of site establishment.

That's one coin for each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and each U.S. territory (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

Each quarter will be minted for only 10 weeks.

Collectors can purchase coins from the U.S. Mint, or keep their eyes peeled for their favorite national parks, mountains, and forests scattered in their change.

Find the schedule for coins to be released at U.S. Mint: America the Beautiful Quarters.

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Elise T.
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November 9, 2010 at 3:27 p.m. (EST)

Hi, my name is and I do digital work for the US Mint. Thank you for mentioning the America the Beautiful Quarters program! I thought you guys might be interested in the Mount Hood National Forest quarter launch event on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 10:30 am (PT), World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR  97221. Check out for more information on the program!

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