America the Beautiful Quarters Part 2: Yellowstone

The Yellowstone National Park Quarter, the second in the America the Beautiful line of quarters, features a simple design of the geyser "Old Faithful" with a buffalo in the foreground and another in the background on the right. The Commission of Fine Arts actually rejected the four samples it originally received for the reverse of the Yellowstone quarter finding them to be mostly unoriginal. The Citizens Coinage Adivsory Board, however, pushed for the current design feeling that the inclusion of wildlife and the famous geyser represented what was notable and unique about the park.

Geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden convinced Congress to preserve the land on which Yellowstone sits, saying that it would be overrun with delopment soon if not protected. President Grant signed the act making it a national park in 1871. The act was not immediately popular at first, with many residents of Wyoming concerned about the economic growth of their state, but Yellowstone has paid for itself thousands of times over as a tourist attraction. Nathaniel Langford became the first superintendant of the park and had become a famous outdoorsman after founding a vigilante organization that brought order to otherwise lawless areas of Montana during the Civil War.

Lesser known but equally interesting attractions at Yellowstone include the Grand Prismatic Spring, the Beehive Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Sheepeater Cliff. The latter takes its name from a nickname for the Shoshone tribes that originally inhabited the area.

The coin entered circulation June 1, 2010 and was sculpted by Don Everhart.

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