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Yosemite's El Capitan to adorn new U.S. quarter

Yosemite The monolithic rock face of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan will grace a new quarter to be released this summer by the U.S. Mint.

Designs unveiled Wednesday in Washington, D.C., show the 3,000-foot rock formation towering over the Merced River on one side of the 25-cent coin. George Washington will keep his place on the heads side.

The Yosemite coin, which will first be circulated in June, is one of five new designs announced to kick off the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Over the next 12 years, the U.S. Mint will issue 56 new quarters depicting national parks, forests and wildlife refuges in the order in which the sites were established.

Other honorees include Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest.

Congress set aside the land that would become Yosemite National Park in 1890, and since then, El Capitan, a favorite among climbers, has become an icon of California’s wilderness.

The design was one of several candidates made in consultation with representatives of Yosemite National Park, according to the U.S. Mint.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: An artist rendering shows Yosemite National Park as one of five new commemorative quarters. Credit: U.S. Mint

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I wish the Mint would put the mint mark next to the date. That way, collectors can display them with the different mint marks. This is the mistake they made with the State Quarters.

Aw, very sad. RIP Robert Culp

I realize this post does NOT belong to this blog.
But that's exactly the message I get when I try to post on the article about his death.

That error message pops up way too frequently on this site...

How about some US Civil War quarters?

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the war.

Very cool

Seems like Half Dome is the more recognizable, iconic image of Yosemite. Probably would have made for a better coin design as well.

Very cool! Yosemite is my old backyard! Well, I like to think of it that way since I grew up in Oakhurst. This is really exciting!

Anyone who is able to attend the release event will have the opportunity to be one of the firsts to obtain the newly released Yosemite National Park Quarter! There will be a coin exchange where visitors can pick up the newly released Yosemite National Quarter at face value. There is a one roll minimum and ten roll maximum. Be the first of your friends to have this historic, collectible quarter. The event is Thursday, July 29th at Yosemite National Park at 11:00 am (PT). The general public is invited to gather at the Yosemite Valley Visitor's Center where the launch will take place. If you can't make it to the event, you can check out the live webcast at http://bit.ly/b2Oxmd The webcast starts at 10:55 am PT.


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