WASHINGTON — The U.S. Mint has unveiled design of new quarters featuring four national parks and a national forest.
The designs, announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and mint director Ed Moy on Wednesday, feature the four oldest national parks: Hot Springs, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon, as well as Mount Hood National Forest.
Coins commemorating the five public lands will be issued starting in April as part of the "America the Beautiful" quarters program.
Mint officials say the program will feature 56 national parks and sites, issued in the order the areas first came under federal protection.
The Hot Springs quarter, which depicts the park headquarters behind a fountain, will be the first issued, on April 19.