It's Tails for El Capitan

El Capitan to be featured on new quarters

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    The scene, which greets visitors as they enter Yosemite Valley, is on the "tails" side of the quarter due out in July. President George Washington's profile remains on the front.

    The sheer granite face of Yosemite National Park's El Capitan is among five new designs for 25-cent pieces that will be released this year by the U.S. Mint.

    Designs unveiled Wednesday show the tree-lined Merced River in the foreground of the 3,000-foot-tall icon that's been a destination for climbers.

    The scene, which greets visitors as they enter Yosemite Valley, is on the "tails" side of the quarter due out in July. President George Washington's profile remains on the front.

    Here's how the U.S. Mint describes the coin: 

    The Yosemite National Park Quarter is the third of 2010 and the third overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program.  Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles are deep valleys, grand meadows and ancient giant sequoias.  It was first established as a national site on October 1, 1890 (26 Stat. 650). The reverse image depicts the iconic El Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor and is the largest monolith of granite in the world.  Inscriptions are YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Yosemite National Park.

    The Yosemite quarter is part of the Mint's new "America the Beautiful" series of quarters. Other landmarks featured include Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

    A total of 56 quarters will be released through 2021 in the order each was established as a national park or national site.