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KEYSTONE, SD: A depiction of the carving of Mount Rushmore was revealed by the United States Mint to be located on the reverse, tails side, of an America the Beautiful Quarter to be released in the fall of next year.
The illustration portrays two workers on the sculpture finalizing the carving of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Washington will appear on both sides of the coin, as the obverse, heads side, will be the typical depiction of Washington found on quarters currently in circulation.
"We are excited the carving of Mount Rushmore was selected to be honored as a significant site in the state of South Dakota as well as an important National Park Service site. We look forward to celebrating the release of the quarter in the fall of 2013," stated Superintendent Cheryl Schreier.
In 2006 the South Dakota state quarter featured a completed version of Mount Rushmore. The 2013 design provides a glimpse of the work required to produce a master carving. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter will be the fifth released in 2013 and 20th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarter series. A design selected for each state, territory and the District of Columbia will result in an ultimate release of 56 quarters honoring national parks and nationally significant sites. Additional information about the America the Beautiful Quarter series is located on the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb.