The U.S. Mint has released the design for the quarter coins which will honor the San Antonio Spanish Colonial Missions, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The quarters, which are among five commemorative quarters to be released by the U.S. Mint in 2019, will be formally released in a ceremony at Trinity University next month.
The quarter will feature the familiar profile of George Washington on the obverse, but on the reverse will be images including the Mission bell tower, a lion, representing the Royal flag of Spain, and water, representing the San Antonio River. All are quartered by a Christian cross, representing the missionaries who built the Missions in the early 1700s.
"The San Antonio Missions were among the largest concentrations of Spanish missions in North America, established in the 1700s, and helped create the foundation for the City of San Antonio, TX. The construction of aqueducts and irrigation canals (acequias) brought water to the missions sustaining farming and ranching. The missions’ toolmaking, carpentry, looming, spinning, and masonry also contributed to the community’s ability to be self-sustaining," the Mint said in a statement revealing the design of the quarters.
Called 'America the Beautiful Quarters,' the other quarters being released in 2019 include coins honoring the Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts, the American Memorial Park in the Northern Mariana Islands, the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam, and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.
The plan is to have a quarter coin honoring a national site in each state and five U.S. territories by 2021.
According to the National Park Service: "After 10,000 years, the people of what is now South Texas found their cultures, their very lives, under attack. In the early 1700s, Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and a drought lingered. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they forswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king."
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