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

March 24, 2010 |  2:37 pm

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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