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U.S. Mint To Honor Parks With New Quarters Series

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The United States Mint will honor several landmarks in our region in a new series of commemorative quarters.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will honor 56 sites around the country and in U.S. territories. The first quarter, to be released next year, will feature Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Others will follow in the order the featured location was established as a recognized site or national park.

Maryland's Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine will be featured in 2013. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia will be honored on a 2014 release, with a Harper's Ferry National Historic Park Quarter to follow in 2016. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District will appear on a quarter due out in 2017.

In a statement, the Mint's Director, Ed Moy, says he hopes the designs will help reinvigorate interest in the featured sites, and help educate the public about their history.

Matt McCleskey reports...


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