The United States Mint is now taking orders for its new El Yunque National Forest Quarter. The coin is the first to be released in 2012 and the 11th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
“El Yunque National Forest is a perfect selection for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program,” said Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States. “As Americans use this new quarter, they will connect to the stories of the endangered Puerto Rican parrot, the magnificent effort you are making to rescue this beautiful bird from extinction, and the biodiverse national treasure that is its home — El Yunque National Forest.”
El Yunque National Forest was first established as a national site on Jan. 17, 1903, according to the United States Mint. It is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System.
The quarter’s reverse (tails side) depicts a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background.
The obverse (heads) side features the 1932 portrait of George Washington.
The United States Mint launched the Beautiful Quarters Program in 2010. The 12-year initiative will include 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring some of the country’s most cherished national parks and other national sites, according to the United States Mint. Five new quarter designs are issued per year, with one final design in 2021.
The El Yunque National Forest quarter can be purchased in collectible bags and rolls online at their U.S. Mint website until February 2013. Check with the website for exact cutoff date.