The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of Tennessee’s National Parks is now on U.S. currency

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park with more than 9 million visitors annually, received a high honor earlier this week.

The United States Mint and National Park Service launched the Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter, the 21st in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The ceremony took place Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Mills Auditorium, located within the Gatlinburg Convention Center, one of the gateway cities to the 520,000-acre park. Hundreds of people attended the event and even exchanged their currency for $10 rolls of newly minted Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarters.

Smoky Mountains QuarterThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter design shows a historic log cabin found in the national park. A segment of lush green forest and a hawk flying above are also engraved. The inscription reads GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENNESSEE 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

With a diversity of wildlife and plant life, the ancient mountains and remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture beckon to Great Smoky Mountains National Park guests. Historic buildings, horseback riding, camping, fishing, hiking, and driving tours Cades Cove0093transport you to peaceful, rolling landscapes. Be inspired as you drink in panoramic vistas, cascading mountain rivers and forests that stretch for miles.

Don’t be surprised if you see an elk, black bear or a coyote as more than 17,000 species have been documented in the park with scientists believing there’s an additional 30,000-80,000 species that call the park home.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative, honoring 56 national parks and other national sites in each state, district and territory. You can get the quarter replica coins which are made of fine silver and weight five ounces.

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