Arches National Park earns spot on 2014 quarter

Published September 9, 2009 4:51 pm
Coins » It will be featured as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
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Arches National Park in Utah will be featured on a new quarter design issued from the U.S. Mint in 2014, the Interior Department announced Wednesday.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will highlight a national park or otherwise federally preserved area on the reverse side of the U.S. 25 cent piece starting next spring with the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Hot Springs national parks and Mount Hood National Forest earning the first tail spots.

Interior officials said a new quarter design will be introduced about every 10 weeks for the next 11 years, with each of the 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia landing a spot on the back of the quarter.

"The new quarter program recognizes that public places of inspiration and recreation have always been important to Americans," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. "Hopefully the coins will encourage people to learn more about each area and its significance to our heritage."

Southern Utah's Arches National Park, which includes some 2,000 sandstone arches, became a national monument in 1929 and later a national park in 1971.

Utah's last spot on the quarter -- minted in 2007 through the 50 states quarter program -- featured the union of the transcontinental railroad at the Golden Spike National Historic Site.

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