US Mint Unveils Final Designs for 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters

The United States Mint formally unveiled the final designs for the upcoming 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Program strikes last week in a short ceremony held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

At the ceremony, Mint Director Ed Moy was joined by  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, U.S. Representative Mike Castle, U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, writer and producer Dayton Duncan and Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman.

All on the dais were given a few moments to speak with Mint Director Moy leading the group.

"Through America the Beautiful Quarters coins,” said Mint Director Ed Moy “we will be transported to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, part of a vast public land legacy belonging to all Americans; natural and cultural treasures protected for our recreation, relaxation, education, inspiration and transformation."

Anyone who has been following the series will be familiar with the artwork that was selected as they were part of a group of designs submitted for review last year and made available to the public.  As part of the decision process, these design candidates were critiqued by the Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts before the Treasury Secretary made the final decision on what each coin would look like.

The Hot Springs Quarter will feature an image of the Spanish Colonial revival style facade of the park's headquarters building.  In front of the building, a fountain is shown.

A mature bull bison is shown to the left of the Old Faithful Geyser for the Yellowstone National Park quarter. In the background, scenery typical for the area as well as another bison is seen.

3,000 foot plus El Capitan is featured in the coin honoring Yosemite National Park. Considered the largest monolith of granite in the world, this massive structure is portrayed with many trees in the foreground.

An extremely detailed canyon wall with the winding Colorado River running through it is featured on the Grand Canyon National Park Quarter.  A favorite among many, it was based on the design candidate AZ-01 presented last year.

Not surprisingly, Mount Hood is featured in the Mount Hood National Forest Quarter.  In front of the massive mountain, Lost Lake is shown with trees surrounding its shoreline.

The Hot Springs strike will debut the series both for the year and for the program when it appears in circulation on April 19, 2010.

For more information on all the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters, please see the following pages:

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