Blue Ridge Parkway quarter unveiled, can be ordered Monday

The United States Mint is unveiling its newest quarter today and will start accept orders for quarters honoring the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina starting on Monday, June 29 at noon.

The quarter, the 28th coin to be released as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, features one of the parkway’s iconic tunnels. It was designed by Memphis artist Frank Morris who has designed other coins and Congressional Medals of Honor.

“When the assignment came up, I was delighted because I had just traveled the entire parkway,” Morris told the USA Today. “I had the pleasure of driving from New York City down to D.C. and Shenandoah National Park and took the parkway from there.”

The U.S. Mint started the 12-year America the Beautiful series in 2010. It will include 56 quarters featuring national sites in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.

The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches 469 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains, was established as a national site in 1936.

The design shows a curved road hugging the side of a mountain with the North Carolina state flower, the Dogwood, in the foreground. Inscriptions are “BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY,” “NORTH CAROLINA,” “2015” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Orders for the coins will be accepted at http://catalog.usmint.gov/coin-programs/america-the-beautiful-quarters

The quarters are circulating quality that have never been in circulation and are struck on the main production floors of United States Mint facilities at Denver, Philadelphia, or San Francisco. The three-roll set contains coins from all three facilities. Unlike the “P” and “D” mint mark quarters, those with the “S” mint mark are not being released into circulation.

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