Yosemite National Park will celebrate the launch of a new quarter featuring El Capitan and the Merced River during a July 29 ceremony.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Village. Guests include Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher and United States Mint Director Edmund Moy. Children under the age of 18 at the event will receive a free quarter.
The reverse of the Yosemite quarter shows El Capitan, the park's iconic 3,000-foot granite monolith, with the inscription "Yosemite, California, 2010."
The quarter is among the first five coins in the mint's "America the Beautiful Quarters" program. Other quarters include Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Mount Hood National Forest. The mint plans to include 56 quarters in the America the Beautiful program, releasing new coins each year until the year 2021.
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For more information on the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, visit http://www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov.