HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Gettysburg National Military Park will be featured in the U.S. Mint's new America the Beautiful Quarters program, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.
"Gettysburg National Military Park - the nation's most visited Civil War
battlefield -- is deeply moving and yet extremely beautiful park and a true
national and Pennsylvania treasure," Governor Rendell said. "It is truly an
honor to have this richly historic site included in the U.S. Mint's America
the Beautiful Quarter's program."
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a 12-year initiative authorized
by the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
The act directs the U.S. Mint to strike and issue 56 circulating quarters with
reverse (tails side) designs emblematic of a national park or other national
site in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories
-- Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner approved the list of sites
recommended by the U.S. Mint after consultation with Governor Rendell and
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
The quarters will be issued sequentially each year, in the order in which the
featured site was first established as a national park or site. The coins'
heads will feature the restored 1932 portrait of George Washington, including
subtle details and the beauty of the original model.
The complete National Site Registry, which lists all 56 sites to be honored
under the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program in chronological
order by year, is available at
For more information about the United States Mint America the Beautiful
Quarters Program, please visit
The Union Army's victory at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 was a
turning point in the Civil War. It was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000
casualties. President Lincoln delivered his famed Gettysburg Address while
dedicating the battlefield cemetery in November 1863.
Covering 6,000 acres, Gettysburg National Military Park was established in
1895 and is now administered by the National Park Service. It features more
than 1,300 markers, memorials and monuments. The park and related attractions
draw an estimated 3 million visitors annually.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
economic investment to support our communities and businesses.To find out more
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CONTACT: Gary Tuma, 717-783-1116
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
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