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New Shenandoah National Park Quarter Now in Circulation

New Coin Celebrates the Beauty of our Local National Park

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--(Marketwired - April 25, 2014) - Check your wallets and pockets: You might have picked up a brand new Quarter, which celebrates the Shenandoah National Park! One of five 2014 coins designed in honor of America's National Parks, the Shenandoah National Park Quarter went into circulation on March 31, 2014.

Shown on the reverse (tails side) of the Shenandoah National Park Quarter is a design depicting a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit. Inscriptions around the scene read: SHENANDOAH, VIRGINIA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM (Latin for "Out of many, one"). Phebe Hemphill designed and sculpted the image.

The Shenandoah National Park Quarter follows the Great Smoky Mountains Quarter and will itself be followed by three more quarters in 2013 -- the Arches National Park Quarter, the Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter and the Everglades National Park Quarter.

Design selections for the five 2014 National Park Quarters were announced by the United States Mint in December 2013. The selection happened after the Treasury Secretary chose them from many design candidates. He based his decision on recommendations from representatives of the site honored, the U.S. Mint, the United States Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

Congress authorized the series as part of the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. It was signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 23, 2008 as Public Law 110-456. In eleven years, there will be a total of 56 strikes minted in the program.

This is the second U.S. currency coin, depicting a scene located in or around Charlottesville, Virginia. The other one can be found on the American Nickel: Monticello, the famous home of President Thomas Jefferson, was first minted in 1938 and its design has remained virtually unchanged for 66 years.

About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB)

In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through www.visitcharlottesville.org, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets." CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a satellite Visitor Center in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd) which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.

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