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New U.S. Quarter Features a Frog and a Parrot

Tree Frog (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Have you seen the latest America The Beautiful Quarter?

The new quarter features a Coqui Tree Frog sitting on a leaf and a rare Puerto Rican Parrot. Click here to see a photo.

The El Yunque National Forest quarter is the first of five quarters in the America The Beautiful program to be released in 2012.

El Yunque National Rain Forest in Puerto Rico (Michael Cohen/Getty)

The El Yunque National Rain Forest in Puerto Rico is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System.

El Yunque was established in January of 1903 and covers 28,000 acres.

Included in El Yunque’s diverse ecosystem are the Coqui Tree Frog and the highly endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. It’s recovery began with the few birds left in the El Yunque Rain Forest.

The U.S. Mint’s America The Beautiful Quarters Program began in 2010 and is scheduled to release 56 quarters depicting national parks and other national sites, this is the third year of the program.

Other quarters to be released this year are:

-Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico

-Acadia National Park in Maine

-Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii

-Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska

Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park quarter was the second quarter released in the series in 2010.

Don’t forget to look at your change, who knows what exotic creatures may be hanging out in your pocket.

U. S. Mint Quarters Proof Set (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

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