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Shenandoah National Park to be featured on quarter this spring

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

HARRISONBURG — Shenandoah National Park will be featured on a quarter scheduled for release by the U.S. Mint in the spring.

The coin is one of five quarters to be released for this year’s America the Beautiful program. The reverse design depicts a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit, according to the U.S. Mint’s website.

Rolls and bags of the coin will be available March 31, and uncirculated sets featuring the coin will be issued in April. It is unclear when the coins will be delivered to banks and go into general circulation.

Karen Beck-Herzog, public affairs officer with Shenandoah National Park, said the park is honored that it was chosen to represent the commonwealth as part of the America the Beautiful coin program.

Pamela McInnis, superintendent of Warren County Public Schools, said the Park Service has reserved Skyline High School in Front Royal on April 4 for a ceremony marking the release of the coin. McInnis said the school division is excited to host the event.

“I think it’s a great idea since Skyline High School is located very close to the northern entrance to the Skyline Drive,” she said.

Beck-Herzog said the event will feature an unveiling of the coin, speakers and educational information about the U.S. Mint. Also, people will be able to purchase up to $100 worth of uncirculated Shenandoah National Park quarters in $10 rolls.

“We want all of our neighbors to celebrate that our region will have additional recognition because the Shenandoah quarter is out there,” she said. “We hope that people will want to come and visit our region.”

The mint’s website describes Shenandoah National Park as “an escape for travelers wanting a wide range of outdoor adventures” that is a haven for black bear and numerous songbirds.

“It features cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and quiet wooded hollows. Park visitors enjoy hiking, meandering along the scenic Skyline Drive, or camping and picnicking with family or friends,” says the website.

Each year, the mint is issuing five new quarters as part of the “America the Beautiful” program, each featuring a different national locale, such as a park or historic site, with designs in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.

The first ones were minted in 2010. In all, 56 quarters in the series will be issued.

Creation of Shenandoah National Park was authorized by legislation in 1926 with formal establishment in 1935 and dedication by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.

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