Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness featured on 50th National Park Quarter

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness featured on 50th National Park Quarter

Encompassing over 2.3 million acres, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho is the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 states. It contains steep rugged mountains, deep canyons, wild whitewater rivers and coniferous forests. The Salmon River Mountains are the most massive range, followed by the Clearwater Mountains and Bighorn Crags, and the Salmon River Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon. However, in contrast to the sheer walls of the Grand Canyon, the Salmon River Canyon features a wide variety of landscapes including wooded ridges, bluffs, rock towers, slides and solitary crags.

The name of the wilderness has two roots. The Main Salmon River, popular for whitewater rafting, was called “the River of No Return” because non-motorized boats could navigate downriver but not upstream through the swift current and numerous rapids. “Frank Church” was added to the name of the wilderness in 1984 to honor the late Idaho senator’s leading role in legislation to preserve wilderness areas and rivers in his home state and throughout the country. To learn more about the area, visit Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter design finalized

San Antonio Missions quarter design

San Antonio Missions quarter design

On August 14, 2018, the U.S. Mint announced the final design for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.

The reverse shows elements of the Spanish Colonial Real coin used to pay tribute to the missions. Within the quadrants are symbols of the missions: wheat for farming; the arches and bell for community; a lion representing Spanish cultural heritage, and a symbol of the San Antonio River representing irrigation methods and life-sustaining resources. The inscriptions on the coin’s reverse include the name and location of the site: San Antonio, Texas; the year of issue: 2019, and the motto: e pluribus unum.

This handsome quarter is a perfect match for the 2000 Statehood quarter, which also featured Texas, the park’s home state. 49th in the series overall, the San Antonio Missions quarter will be followed by a design honoring the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.

Candidate Designs for new 2019 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter

The U.S. Mint commissioned its artists to create candidate designs for the San Antonio Missions quarter; 15 were reviewed for accuracy, edited, finalized and presented to the Mint in September 2017.

Among those 15 designs, five featured mission bell towers. Three proposals made a bell the central focus of the coin’s reverse. Two designs emphasized architectural details. Six included water symbols in a nod to Piedras Creek which flowed along an aqueduct to irrigate Mission San Francisco de Espada’s farmland. One design illustrated a figure hoeing the ground with cattle in the background.

Candidate Designs for new 2019 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter

Candidate Designs for new 2019 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park featured in 49th National Park Quarter series

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Mission Concepcion, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Founded by various Spanish Catholic orders to spread Christianity across the southwest in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the nearly 819-acre San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in south-central Texas is made up of four frontier communities.

The oldest is Mission Espada, established in 1690 near present-day Augusta, but relocated to San Antonio in 1731 where Franciscan friars that same year built the Espada Aqueduct to supply irrigation water to nearby farms. Both Mission Concepción and Mission San Juan were established in 1716 in East Texas and moved to San Antonio in 1731. Mission San Jose was established in 1720 and its church was built in 1768.

Each mission’s toolmaking, carpentry, looming, spinning, and masonry helped make it self-sustaining.

Learn more about the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

2019 American Memorial Park Quarter to be released at park’s Amphitheater

2019 American Memorial Park Quarter to be released at park's Amphitheater

The new American Memorial Park quarter, 47th issue of the series and the second design for 2019, is soon to be in circulation. On April 30, 2019, the official launch ceremony for the new quarter design will take place in the American Memorial Park Amphitheater, which is located in Garapan, Saipan.

After the ceremony, a coin exchange will be held where attendees are able to get $10 rolls of the new quarters at face value. This issue depicts an indigenous woman looking out at the Flag Circle and Court of Honor. Add the new American Memorial Park quarters to your collection now.