Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I wrote recently about the 2005 Quarter. Well your US Government is at it again. There is a new program called America the Beautiful Quarters. Starting in 2010 and continuing for the next 11 years the Mint will be issuing quarters with designs of a national park or site in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. There are 2 bodies overseeing the program and picking the final designs. They are the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). They will issue 5 per year, and good old Yosemite will be one of the coins issued in 2010. The image will be kinda similar to the current 2005 quarter, but they have not yet decided.
The last two seem to be the leading candidates. In addition, get ready to spend more on your souvenirs… the mint will release silver bullion coins to accompany the series with the exact same design elements, but struck out of five ounces of .999 fine silver. They will be 3 inches in diameter… no typo here THREE inches in diameter. Like an olympic discus! The annual release dates for all of the America the Beautiful Quarters is <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Rikki, don’t lose that number, you don’t want to call nobody else. Send it off in a letter to yourself. Rikki don’t lose that number it’s the only one you own. You might use it if you feel better when you get home.” – Steely Dan
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com