Arches National Park quarter launches this week

SALT LAKE CITY— Arches National Park will soon make its way into piggy banks around the country.

The U.S. Mint is gearing up to release a commemorative quarter featuring the Utah park on the back and George Washington’s portrait on the front. An official launch ceremony is scheduled for Friday in Moab, while collectors can start buying bags and rolls of the quarters online Monday.

The coin features the 65-foot-tall Delicate Arch, which is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state and has already garnered fame on Utah license plates and postage stamps. The La Sal Mountains are visible in the background of the image.

The quarter is one of five released this year as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters series, a 12-year initiative launched in 2010 that will eventually honor 56 different national parks and sites.

This year’s collection also includes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and Everglades National Park in Florida.

Arches, which includes red rocks and more than 2,000 natural stone arches, was originally established as a national monument on April 12, 1929, and became a national park in 1971.


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