By Wand Agency
Join the United States Mint as it continues its journey to "Connect America through Coins" on September 21, for the launch of the Grand Canyon National Park quarter-dollar coin. The ceremony, co-hosted by National Park Service officials, will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) between Hopi House and Verkamp's Visitor Center at the Grand Canyon National Park. Following the ceremony, the public can exchange their cash for $10 rolls of the Grand Canyon National Park America the Beautiful Quarter.
The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, authorized by public Law 110-456, is a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverse (tails side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint will issue these quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.
More information about Grand Canyon National Park can be found at: www.nps.gov/grca
A digital image of the Grand Canyon National Park quarter is available at: www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?flash=yes&action=Photo#AmericaTheBeautiful.
The reverse (heads side) image features a view of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. (Marble Canyon is the northernmost section of the Grand Canyon.) Granaries were used for storing food and seeds. Inscriptions are GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Reverse design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of the national park. The recommended design was approved by the Department of the Treasury on November 6, 2009.
The obverse (heads) of the Grand Canyon National Park quarter, as well as all those issued through the program, features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which was restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.