U.S. Mint Releases 'Shenandoah National Park' Quarter


Shenandoah National Park Quarter

WARREN COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- We're getting a first look at a new quarter with ties to the Valley.

The U.S. Mint is releasing 56 differently-designed quarters to commemorate historic landmarks across the country. Now, Shenandoah National Park is among the places to receive this honor.

Thaddeus Walcutt and his son, Johnathan, are adding the coin to their ongoing collection.

"It's important to celebrate national parks especially in this way because of the importance it shares. It's a source of tourism," shared 12-year-old Johnathan Walcutt.

Shenandoah National Park is a place near and dear to Bill Disque's heart.

"Well, my dad was a National Parks Service man. He was on the committee that designed arrowhead logo. He did the original drawing, which I have, and I just love the parks," Disque explained.

Many like him say they're glad to be part of such a wide-reaching experience.

"What I love about Shenandoah is that it offers this wonderful range of opportunities. You can take a scenic drive. You can have a nice meal in a lodge, or you can hike into the back country and enjoy nature on your own terms," explained Jim Northup, superintendent at Shenandoah National Park.

Now you can get the special coins, like the rest of America, and be reminded of the beauty that's found in the Valley.

The "Shenandoah National Park" quarter is the second special quarter of 2014 and 22nd overall in the program.

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