Olympic National Park, located in the Olympic peninsula in northwestern Washington, contains four distinct areas: mountains, Pacific coastline, temperate rain forest in the west, and a drier eastern forest. It was originally the Mount Olympus National Monument, created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, but was re-dedicated by Congress as a National Park in 1938. The area was used extensively by native tribes prior to the arrival of European settlers, who began harvesting the timber of the area. The protection of the breeding grounds of the Roosevelt elk was one of the driving factors in preserving the region in the early part of the 20th Century.
The Olympic National Park Quarter depicts a male Roosevelt elk standing on the shore of the Hoh river with Mount Olympus in the background. Also included in the design are the incused phrases “Olympic”, “Washington”, and “E Pluribus Unum”, as well as the date of issue. The coin will represent the third issue of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program for 2011.
The official circulation release date for the quarter has been scheduled for June 14, 2011 at City Pier in Port Angeles, Washington. This takes place one day after the official circulation release date on June 13, 2011.
The Olympic National Park Quarter will be available from the U.S. Mint in the following products:
– in 2-roll sets from the Philadelphia and Denver mints
– in 100-coin bags from the Philadelphia and Denver mints
– as part of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
– as part of the 2011 Uncirculated Mint Set
– as part of the 2011 Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
– in the 2011 Olympic National Park Quarter Three-Coin Set
– as part of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set
– as part of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set
Visit www.usmint.gov for current prices and to order, or call 800-USA-MINT (872-6468).