El Capitan Gets Nod To Showcase Yosemite National Park on Commemorative Quarter
Would you have put Half Dome, Yosemite Fall, or El Capitan on a commemorative 25-cent piece honoring Yosemite National Park?
I probably would have gone with Half Dome, but the folks at the U.S. Mint decided to go with El Cap on the quarter that will be minted this July.
The Yosemite coin is the third of 2010 and the third overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. While Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls, the Mint notes, "within its nearly 1,200 square miles are deep valleys, grand meadows and ancient giant sequoias."
While the coin's face still shows George Washington, the flip side is a relief of El Capitan, a granite rampart that rises more than 3,000 feet from the floor of the Yosemite Valley.
Come July you'll be able to hold this coin in the palm of your hand for ... 25 cents.