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avatar Yosemite National Park to be Featured on New Quarter
July 09, 2010 12:10AM
Yosemite National Park to be Featured on New Quarter
Date: July 6, 2010

The General Public is Invited to Attend Special Ceremony Celebrating Quarter Release

On July 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., the general public is invited to attend a special ceremony to celebrate the launch of the new Yosemite Quarter. This historic special event will take place in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and the public is highly encouraged to participate in the festivities. There will be live music, special guest speakers, and children under the age of 18 at the event will receive a free Yosemite Quarter to commemorate this special day. There is no charge to attend the event. A specially designed cake featuring the Yosemite Quarter will be served to all participants attending the event.

At the conclusion of the event, there will be a coin exchange in which visitors can obtain rolls of newly minted Yosemite Quarters bearing the design that honors the park. The quarters will be exchanged at face value, with a one roll minimum and ten roll maximum. This is the first opportunity for members of the public to obtain this historic, collectable quarter.

The reverse (tails side) of the Yosemite Quarter features El Capitan and the Merced River. El Capitan, the world’s largest granite monolith, is one of the iconic symbols of the world famous national park. This is the second time that Yosemite National Park has been featured on a quarter. The first quarter, featuring Half Dome and John Muir, was released in 2005, and was part of the 50 State Quarters Program.

“We are thrilled to be the third quarter released as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Visitors will now have another opportunity to be reminded of Yosemite National Park with the launch of this beautiful new quarter. The national parks represent the best of America and this is a great way to honor our nation’s heritage,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher.

The Yosemite Quarter is one of the coins featured in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This is the first year of the United States Mint’s new 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites in each state. Each year, the public will see five new quarters bearing the designs emblematic of the site being honored.

The Yosemite Quarter will be available at banks across the country after the July 29 th ceremony in the park.
Re: Yosemite National Park to be Featured on New Quarter
July 28, 2010 08:37AM
Hello, I do digital work fro the US Mint and for those who can't make it to the event you can watch the Yosemite National Park quarter event through the live webcast at http://bit.ly/b2Oxmd The webcast starts at 10:55 (PT).
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park to be Featured on New Quarter
July 28, 2010 07:24PM
Just a quick comment..... anything made in the tens of millions will never be "collectible." One hundred years from now this quarter will still be worth a quarter.

Anyway, I'm going to be there and I'm getting two rolls and will try to get some signatures if anyone there is important.

What will be worth some money in the future is the silver proof set available at the mint:
http://catalog.usmint.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&mpe_id=10103&productId=15252&intv_id=13051&evtype=CpgnClick&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&ddkey=ClickInfo
avatar New Quarter Launched in Yosemite National Park
July 30, 2010 02:11PM
New Quarter Launched in Yosemite National Park
Date: July 29, 2010

About 1,200 people attended a ceremony in Yosemite Valley today to launch the new Yosemite Quarter. United States Mint Director Edmund Moy, Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher, other elected officials and guests spoke at the event.

The ceremony culminated with Moy and Neubacher placing the ceremonial quarter on the coin display, marking the official start of circulation for the quarter. After the ceremony, quarters were given to children by Neubacher and Moy. There was a commemorative cake, baked at the Ahwahnee Hotel featuring Yosemite Quarter design in chocolate. The Yosemite Ranger Mounted Patrol and local musician and historian Tom Bopp also participated in the ceremony.

A quarter exchange was held in which attendees at the event could obtain first day issue rolls of the Yosemite Quarter. This was sponsored by the Yosemite Credit Union, a Division of Valley First Credit Union.

The Yosemite Quarter was the third coin released as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This is the first year of the United States Mint’s new 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites across the country. The Yosemite Quarter design features El Capitan and the Merced River.
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