Great Smoky Mountains featured on new quarters

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will soon be featured on a brand new quarter.

The U.S. Mint will joined the park service and local officials Wednesday to officially unveil the new quarters, which depict an historic log cabin in a lush green forest with a hawk circling above.

"It's trying to artistically picture the national park that we're doing and we get a lot of input from people to do that appropriately," said David Croft of the U.S. Mint.

The U.S. Mint presented four different designs to Governor Haslam, and he made the final selection. 35 million of the special quarters will be minted.

The ceremony took place at the Mills Auditorium in the Gatlinburg Convention Center at 10 am. The public was invited to attend, and was able to exchange cash for $10 rolls of the new quarters.

The Smoky Mountains quarters are part of the America the Beautiful series, which launched in 2010. These quarters feature designs of national parks and historic American sites. They are releasing five new designs this year. In addition to the Smokies, you can look for designs honoring Shenandoah National Park, Arches National Park,Great Sand Dunes National Park, and Everglades National Park.

The other side of the coin is the familiar portrait of George Washington.


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