The United States Mint has just released the new El Yunque/Puerto Rico National Park Quarter. This coin is struck in brilliant uncirculated condition and comes from the original roll. The image below is a stock image. It has a slightly different look from the actual coin. If you’d like to purchase this coin, click here to learn more about it. You can find a variety of other Puerto Rico quarters, as well.
The 2012 El Yunque National Forest Quarter is part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. It is comprised of 90% Silver and 10% Copper. The design is of the Puerto Rican parrot and Coqui tree frog, both of which are found in the island’s rain forest. The reverse design features a lush canopy of tropical flora, as well as the words 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The United States Mint is also releasing five other commemorative quarters this year. These include the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, the Acadia National Park in Maine, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Denali in Alaska. Each quarter will feature a different theme and depict a different location. The first two months of 2012 are dominated by Puerto Rico quarter releases.
The El Yunque design features a Coqui tree frog perched on a leaf. In addition to the Coqui tree frog, the design also features a Puerto Rican parrot perched on a branch in a tropical forest. Both species are endangered, but their numbers are growing thanks to a conservation program at El Yunque National Park. These unique coins are a great way to support Puerto Rico’s economy and culture.
The United States Mint released five different designs for the reverses of the El Yunque quarter. One design, engraved by Michael Gaudioso, depicts a Coqui tree frog on an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background. The design was created by Gary Whitley and engraved by Michael Gaudioso. The reverse features the words “Puerto Rico” and E PLURIBUS UNUM on the coin.
This year’s El Yunque National Forest is the 11th quarter in the America the Beautiful Quarters(r) Program. Located in Puerto Rico, the El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. It is home to more than 28,000 acres of tropical rainforest and is visited by more than one million people each year. Visitors to the El Yunque National Forest can explore its extensive network of trails and enjoy a tropical climate all year round. The national forest was recognized as a national site in 1903, and today, the El Yunque National Forest is a popular tourist destination.
The Puerto Rican “peso” was first introduced in 1895. This currency lasted for 25 years. After the Spanish-American War, the United States began to recognize all the concessions that the island had made to the United States. The coins used in Puerto Rico were made from silver and were minted by the Casa de Moneda de Madrid. This coin was the first ever to feature the head of Queen Maria Cristina.