Literally, National Treasure: Release of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter

Chickasaw National Recreation Area QuarterNumismatists will be pleased to know that the tenth coin in the America the Beautiful Quarter series enters circulation today. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter will ceremonially debut on November 16 at its namesake park, which is located in Oklahoma. The quarter features one of the park’s popular landmarks, the Lincoln Bridge.

The Lincoln Bridge was built and dedicated over 100 years ago to commemorate what would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday (February 12, 1909). Constructed out of limestone, the bridge has aged venerably and complements the already-picturesque Travertine Creek. It’s a popular photo spot for the over 1 million visitors who enjoy hiking, canoeing, and more annually at Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Lincoln BridgeLook for your state’s park quarter over the next nine years, unless you live in one of the nine states whose quarters have already been released. Last year’s set included three of the nation’s most popular parks: Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Yosemite National Park (California), and Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona).

El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico), Acadia National Park (Maine), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii), and Denali National Park (Alaska) comprise the 2012 lineup.

 

Photo (top): Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter. Source: U.S. Mint.
Photo (bottom): Lincoln Bridge. Source: NPS.gov/Eric Leonard