Acadia National Park featured on new US quarter

8:51 AM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There is a new snapshot of the frequently photographed Bass Head Lighthouse in Southwest Harbor -- found not on camera, but on a coin.

The lighthouse is featured on the latest quarter in the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The US Mint releases five quarters each year, depicting 56 national parks and other national sites.

"When you just look at the natural beauty [of the lighthouse], that's part of it," said B.B. Craig, Associate Director for Sales and Marketing for the US Mint, "but then when you look at the history, that speaks for itself."

Built in 1857, the lighthouse has lead millions of visitors to Southwest Harbor to enjoy a view of the rocky Atlantic coastline lined with pine trees.

In 2010, President Obama and the First Family toured the Bass Head lighthouse.

"I want all Americans to enjoy their National Parks, and so this is one more way to remind them about what a great place Acadia is," said Acadia Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele.

The new coin was unveiled and distributed at a ceremony at Acadia National Park headquarters Tuesday morning.

A representative for Governor Paul LePage read a statement, making June 26 "Quarter Day in the Classroom."

NEWS CENTER's Steve McKay was Emcee for the event.


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