Great Basin National Park Quarter Released

On June 10, the United States Mint launched the third quarter in the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Now in circulation, the newest quarter of the series features the Great Basin National Park located in Baker, Nevada.

This quarter was designed by Ronald D. Sanders and executed by Renata Gordon. The U.S. Mint describes the quarter as depicting the “beauty and unique qualities of a single Bristlecone Pine tree and the rocky glacial moraines where the trees grow.”

The story of the Great Basin is not just one of geology and landforms, but also of people. This region has been home to American Indians for thousands of years, and contains a variety of cultural resources dating back to prehistoric times, as well as structures and sites related to mining, western surveys and ranching. It was first established as a national monument on January 24, 1922. In more recent times, farmers and ranchers, Mormons and sheepherders, all called the Great Basin home.

Great Basin National Park is an oasis in the desert with more than 40 miles of perennial streams and 400 springs. Park attractions include Lehman Caves, the most heavily decorated limestone solution caverns in the western U.S., and Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak in Nevada.

The public and the media are invited to join officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service at the launch ceremony for the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Great Basin National Park in Nevada. The ceremony will take place at the Great Basin National Park Visitor Center on June 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Be sure to follow the Oh, Ranger! blog for updates on all of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters. Below is the schedule for the release of the year’s last two quarters:
Fort McHenry National Monument Quarter, MD — August 26
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter, SD — November 4

For a list of previously released quarters, check out our Pinterest board!

Photo Source: U.S. Mint