One of the coins in the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program will feature the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.


One of the coins in the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program will feature the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

The United States Mint announced its new 50-state quarters series Wednesday by unveiling the designs for the first five quarters. All the quarters in the new series will feature the country’s national parks and forests. The first coin, which will feature Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, is scheduled to go into circulation on April 19.

“Through America the Beautiful Quarters coins, we will be transported to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, part of a vast public land legacy belonging to all Americans — natural and cultural treasures protected for our recreation, relaxation, education, inspiration and transformation,” U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy said.

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The U.S. Mint will mint and issue 56 circulating quarters with reverse designs representing a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories—the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The heads side of each coin will feature a portrait of George Washington.

The quarters will be released sequentially each year through 2021 in the order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or national site. The designs on the reverse of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters will rotate five times each year through 2020, with the final coin being released in 2021.

The U.S. Mint is hoping to repeat the phenomenal success it had with the 50-state quarter program with a new series.

“Coin collectors, adventure enthusiasts and patriotic Americans will look forward to the design announcement and release of new coins each year,” Moy. “More than 147 million people collected the 50 State Quarters coins, and we expect interest in the America the Beautiful Quarters to continue.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.