National Parks Engraved on Quarters

I picked up the latest 2005 quarter recently. I noticed that the engraving was of a feature found in our . And, when I looked back at the five quarters released in 2005, four of them had features which were related to our parks. Here's what I found:

California QuarterThe year started off with and featured John Muir with a hiking stick staring at Half Dome in . The next quarter was for and featured the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". is situated on one of those big lakes in Minnesota. The third quarter for the year is for , which has an attractive scene from . The fourth quarter of the year was for and features a buffalo and sunflower. A nice design, but doesn't exactly match up with any parks in Kansas. The final quarter of the year is and the design features the New River Bridge which crosses the . How much do we as a nation value our parklands? It's hard to imagine placing a higher honor to the history and the natural wonder of our parks than to engrave them on our money.

Don't forget nickels. The U.S. Mint has had a 3 year which highlights Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery journey to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis & Clark are represented in a number of parks across our nation, including in St. Louis, Missouri, and in Astoria, Oregon. In all, 2005 was a pretty good year for our National Parks represented on coins. Any parks in your wallet?