SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Forget which state Mount Rushmore is in? Look at your change.
The famous mountain-side carving with the faces of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt is internationally known, but one many people just can't quite place, geographically speaking.
Starting next fall, they'll get a little help when the U.S. Mint releases a new America the Beautiful quarter for South Dakota that depicts the famous landmark.
"People do recognize Mount Rushmore as an icon, the shrine of democracy. But having the words South Dakota right next to it, I think that's fantastic," said Maureen McGee-Ballinger, chief of interpretation and education at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
The quarter will feature two workers putting the final touches on Washington and Jefferson. Washington also will appear where he typically does, on the heads side of the coin.
"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," Superintendent Cheryl Schreier said in a statement.
This is the second time the famous mountain carving will grace the 25-cent piece. South Dakota's state quarter, released in 2006, featured a completed carving of Mount Rushmore.
The new design is significantly different, McGee-Ballinger said.
"In 2006, there was the full view of the sculpture. Right above that, there was a rink-necked pheasant," she said. "This particular design focuses on just two faces — Jefferson and Washington — and doesn't so much focus on the sculpture but the workers, hanging over the side of the cliff."
McGee-Ballinger said the design pays homage to a wide variety of workers who had a part in the 14-year creation of the magnificent sculpture, constructed from 1927 to 1941.
Mount Rushmore will be the 20th quarter released in the America the Beautiful quarter series. Each state, territory and the District of Columbia will ultimately have a design released honoring national parks and nationally significant sites.
The other quarters to be released next year will depict Great Basin National Park in Nevada, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland and White Mountain national Forest in New Hampshire.
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