The Hot Springs National Park Quarter will be the first of the America the Beautiful Quarter series, running from 2010 through 2021. The US Mint recently unveiled the final design selection as well as the circulation release date.
In 1541, Hernando de Soto was the first European to discover the site that would eventually be called Hot Springs National Park. The area was already known to the Native American tribes, including the Choctaw and Cherokee, who agreed to share the natural resource in peace. After de Soto, Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet re-discovered the site and claimed it for France. The Treaty of Paris 1763 settled the issue, and returned it formally to Spain until the U.S Government obtained it as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The park was originally known as the Hot Springs Reservation, and was designated in 1832 as the first area reserved for government protection.
The quarter commemorating the Hot Springs National Park depicts the ornate door of the main park building with a fountain in the foreground. The obverse displays a restored portrait of George Washington within the same format used for the 50 State Quarter Program.
The Hot Springs National Park quarter will be available from the U.S. Mint in the following products:
- in 2-roll sets from the Philadelphia or Denver Mints
- in 100-coin bags from the Philadelphia or Denver Mints
- as part of the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
- as part of the 2010 Uncirculated Mint Set
- as part of the 2010 Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
More information about each product offering will available prior to each release.
The Hot Springs National Park Quarter is currently scheduled for release into circulation on April 19, 2010. An official launch ceremony is planned to take place at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas on April 20, 2010.