A new quarter depicting Hot Springs National Park will be available to the public for the first time at a ceremony this month honoring the park's 178th anniversary.
Hot Springs National Park is the first coin in the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative honoring national parks and other national sites.
U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy and National Park Service officials will officially launch the coin 10 a.m. April 20 at the Hot Springs National Park administration building. After the ceremony, officials will exchange $10 rolls of the new quarter for cash.
The Hot Springs quarter is the first in the series because it sits on the first land that the federal government set aside for preservation. Each year through 2021, the U.S. Mint will issue five new quarters honoring parks and sites around the country in the order in which they were first preserved.
The Hot Springs quarter features an image of the park fountain and headquarters.
In addition to the ceremony and coin exchange, U.S. Mint officials will hold a coin forum in Hot Springs to share information about upcoming programs and initiatives and to get feedback from the public about future coins. That event will occur at 5 p.m. April 19 at Quapaw Bath House, 413 Bathhouse Row.