By Jennifer Norris

Officials from the U.S. Mint and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park poured shiny new quarters into a bucket as the U.S. Mint officially released coins featuring San Antonio’s Spanish colonial missions Thursday at Trinity University.

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The new quarter, part of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful series of quarters, is the latest recognition of the historical importance of the five missions, which were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.

The quarter’s design is based on that of the Spanish Colonial real coin, with a cross in the center creating quadrants featuring four important symbols of the missions, said Chris Costello, who designed the quarter for the U.S. Mint. Read more.

PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE MARQUEZ / RIVARD REPORT

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