If you collect the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters, you might be turned on by the collection's December release -- a quarter honoring Everglades National Park.
The coin is unique, featuring an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the midground. Inscriptions are EVERGLADES, FLORIDA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
You are invited to attend the coin's inaugural public viewing. The Mint and the National Park Service will unveil the new beauty at a ceremony Dec. 4 at the Harris Field Park Pavillion in Homestead. On that date and place you can can buy $10 rolls of new Everglades National Park quarters.
The coin honoring Everglades National Park is the 25th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites.
Each year, the public seesfive new national sites depicted on the flip -- or, tails -- side of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.
More generally, the America the Beautiful Quarters is a series of 25-cent pieces the U.S. Mint began issuing in 2010 and will continue until at least 2021.
The series may be extended at the option of the secretary of the Treasury, potentially extending it to 2033.
The obverse of all the coins will depict George Washington in a restored version of the original portrait used for the 1932 Washington quarter.
There will be five new reverse designs each year (one in 2021), each depicting a national park or national site (one from each state, the federal district, and each territory). The program is authorized by the Americas Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
The Park Service has announced that the evening before the launch ceremony -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 -- the Mint will host a coin forum at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. There you can express your views on future coinage, and learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.
Everglades National Park was established in 1947 and covers 1.5 million acres in Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier counties. About 1 million people visit the park every year.