U.S. Mint releasing Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter

Courtesy: U.S. Mint

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The United States Mint has announced plans to release a Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter.

According to a news release, the quarter is the 21st coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The agency says the program is a 12-year initiative that honors 56 national parks and other national sites. This is the fifth year for the program. Each year, five new quarters are added to the collection.

A launch ceremony will be held to commemorate the event. It is scheduled to take place at the Mills Auditorium - Gatlinburg Convention Center on Wednesday, January 29 at 10:00 AM.

After the ceremony, currency can be exchanged for $10 rolls of new Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarters.

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