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.
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.