We are pleased to offer for sale this 2015-S Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest National Park Quarter in GEM Proof condition from the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This Kisatchie National Forest Quarter comes from the San Francisco (S) Mint. This Louisiana National Park Quarter is the twenty seventh release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Series. Kisatchie National Forest is featured twenty seventh because it was established as a National Park on June 3, 1936 by the NPS (National Park Service), the twenty seventh national reservation in United States history.
Information on Kisatchie National Forest :
This forest is the only National forest located in Louisiana. It is one of the largest pieces of natural landscape in the state. The forest is over 604 thousand acres and supports many rare plants and animals. It also contains many rare habitats such as hillside seepage bogs and calcareous prairies.
The forest acts as a protective habitat for many of the representative landscapes of northern Louisiana and for many plants and animals, including wild orchids and some carnivorous plants. Over 155 species of breeding birds, 48 species of mammals, 56 species of reptiles and 30 species of amphibians have been identified in the forest.
Information on the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program:
From 2010 through 2021 the US Mint is issuing commemorative quarters with special reverse designs celebrating National Parks and other National Sites. A park or site is being honored in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the five US Territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands. Each National Park or National Site was selected for its natural or historical significance. The National Park Quarters are being minted and issued at the rate of 5 designs a year, in approximately ten week intervals. The National Park Quarters are being released in the order that the locations were first designated as National Sites. The Obverse side of the coins feature a smaller restoration of the original Washington Quarter portrait, modeled from designer John Flanagan's 1932 plaster. The Reverse of each coin will feature a representation of the unique character and environment of each State, District, or Territory's National Park or Historic Site.
Circulation strikes will be made at the Philadelphia (P) and Denver (D) Mints (starting in 2012 circulation strikes were also minted at the San Francisco (S) Mint). The San Francisco (S) mint will strike the Proofs in clad composition and silver. Clad composition strikes contain an outer layer of 75% copper and 25% nickel bonded to an inner core of pure copper with a 24.33 mm diameter, 5.67 grams weight, and a reeded edge. The silver strikes will contain 90% silver and 10% copper with a 24.33 mm diameter, 6.25 grams weight, and a reeded edge.