A Piece of Puerto Rico: The El Yunque National Forest Quarter Debuts

El Yunque National Forest QuarterPuerto Rico’s national forest is receiving some well-deserved recognition. The El Yunque National Forest Quarter is the first America the Beautiful Quarter this year and the eleventh coin in the series. A public release is set for Monday, January 23.

The quarter features a Coqui tree frog and Puerto Rican parrot perched on a branch behind an epiphyte plant in the forest among other native flora. El Yunque is home to the highly endangered parrots endemic to the country. On the reverse side is a 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. 

The El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico is known as the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. At 28,00 acres the forest is slightly on the small side, but its year-round tropical climate and unrivaled, unique biodiversity leaves an indelible contribution to nature.

Check back at the OhRanger.com blog as we continue to feature other 2012 coins as they’re released. Upcoming 2012 coins are Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico), Acadia National Park (Maine), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii), and Denali National Park (Alaska).

Image: The El Yunque National Forest Quarter Source: U.S. Mint

By Erica Sanderson