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National Briefing / Arkansas

Two bits for Hot Springs

September 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Quarters dropped into fountains at Hot Springs National Park next year could feature the park itself.

The U.S. Mint announced that the first in its "America the Beautiful" series of quarters will feature Hot Springs, which was set aside for preservation by the federal government in 1832. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming will be featured second.

Other sites to be honored in the 56-coin series include Washington's Olympic Mountains, the tallgrass prairie of Kansas and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Each state and territory will be featured in the series, which will end with Alabama's Tuskegee Airmen memorial in early 2021.

New coins will be released about every 10 weeks beginning in early 2010.

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