Whenever I dig into my purse or peruse the floor of my car for a quarter, no matter how much of a hurry I’m in, I always have to turn it over to see what state graces its backside. The U.S. Mint launched its 50 State Quarters Program in 1999 and from then until 2008 it commemorated each state in the union. Due to its popularity, the mint decided to honor 48 National Parks, two U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites, and six U.S. Forest Service sites. One site from each U.S. state and territory and the District of Columbia has been selected.
The first 5 coins to be released in 2010 are:
* Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas
* Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
* Yosemite National Park in California
* Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
* Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon
Today, April 19, 2010, the quarters are being released and the first release ceremony will take place at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. We hope to visit 3 out of the 4 national parks that are being released this summer and are glad that the mint is making everyone aware of how important and wonderful our national parks are. Even if people can’t visit in person, perhaps the quarters will encourage them to find out more about and support the parks. Not bad for .25 cents.