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November 17, 2010 12:30 ET

Mount Hood National Forest to Erupt With Thousands of Newly Minted Quarters November 17

Live Webcast to Begin at 1:30pm ET on www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - Mount Hood's last major eruption was in 1790, 15 years before Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific Northwest. But on Wednesday, November 17, the public is invited to witness an eruption of a different kind, as thousands of new quarter-dollar coins struck in honor of Mount Hood National Forest are released during a ceremony in nearby Portland, Oregon. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) at the World Forestry Center located at 4033 SW Canyon Road in Portland.

The ceremony will include a coin exchange at which members of the public may swap their currency for $10 rolls of Mount Hood National Forest quarters at face value. Children 18 years old and younger will receive a free quarter to commemorate the event. Those unable to attend will be able to view a live broadcast of the ceremony at http://www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov.

The United States Mint will host a coin forum on the evening prior to the launch ceremony. It will be held Tuesday, November 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. PT at Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center. This public forum will give collectors and others an opportunity to meet with United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart and discuss the future of the Nation's coinage.

The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is authorized by Public Law 110-456. The program is a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites in each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. Starting this year, the public began seeing five different quarter-dollar coin designs, each featuring a new national site depicted on the coin's reverse (tails side). The United States Mint is issuing the quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.

Free lesson plans based on the America the Beautiful Quarters Program are available on the United States Mint's Web site. Created and reviewed by teachers to meet national curricular standards, the plans draw on the new quarter reverse designs to inspire students to learn about the culture, geography and unique heritage and natural beauty of our national parks and other national sites. For more information about America the Beautiful Quarters Program educational resources, visit http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/.

MOUNT HOOD Coin Overview
The Mount Hood National Forest quarter is the fifth of 2010 and the fifth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. This reverse image depicts a view of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground. Inscriptions are MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Mount Hood National Forest.

MOUNT HOOD PARK OVERVIEW
Just twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, lie the 189,200 acres of designated wilderness known as the Mount Hood National Forest.

This wooded oasis encompasses more than 60 miles of mountains, lakes and streams that attract visitors during every season. They come to enjoy fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer; hunting in the fall; and skiing and other snow sports in the winter.

From the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge to the high lake basin of the Olallie scenic area, numerous lodges and campgrounds dot the wilderness, some more remote than others. Those who stay at more primitive camp sites are more likely to see the more elusive creatures that share the forests, including elk, black bears, mountain lions, wolverines, coyotes and foxes.

Towering above the wilderness is the national forest's striking namesake, the once-active volcano known as Mount Hood. Thousands of climbers from around the world come every year to challenge their skills and conquer this iconic, 11,239-foot mountain.

A digital image of the Mount Hood National Forest Quarter is available at: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?action=Photo#AmericaTheBeautiful

Additional information about the America the Beautiful Quarters Program can be found at: http://www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov

Information about Mount Hood National Forest can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/

Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Gordon Hume
    (202) 354-7222