The Kisatchie National Forest Quarter represented the twenty-seventh release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The multi-year series features national parks and sites from each of the 50 states as well as five territories and the District of Columbia.
The reverse design for the Kisatchie Quarter features an image of a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the background. The inscriptions read “Kisatchie”, “Louisiana”, “2015”, and “E Plurius Unum”. This design had been recommended by the Commission of Fine Arts in the design review phase. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had recommended an alternate design featuring the image of a red cockaded woodpecker in flight.
On the obverse of the coin is the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
The Kisatchie National Forest Quarter was first released for general circulation on April 13, 2015. One week later on April 20, 2015, the United States Mint offered numismatic bags and rolls containing circulating quality versions of the quarters from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities. These were priced at a premium to face value. The Mint would also offer other numismatic products containing the quarters such as the annual proof sets and uncirculated mint sets.
A five ounce silver version of the coin was also offered. A bullion version was distributed through the United States Mint’s network of authorized bullion purchasers and priced based on the market value of silver. A numismatic version was offered directly from the Mint with fixed pricing.
The circulation strike mintage for the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter reached 397,200,000 pieces at the Philadelphia Mint and 379,600,000 pieces at the Denver Mint.
About Kisatchie National Forest
You might be surprised to learn that there are vast areas of forest in the southern United States, and one of the most splendid is protected as the Kisatchie National Forest, located in Louisiana. For those southern adventurers that want get away from it all and reconnect with nature the Kisatchie National Forest provides the perfect setting for recreation and exploration.
Originally recognized by the federal government as an area of preservation in June of 1936, the Kisatchie National Forest is home to a wide variety of recreational opportunities and wilderness areas. In fact, the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness is over eight thousand square miles of protected forest, canyon, and bayou country where people can hike, camp, picnic and ride horses. Locals often refer to the wilderness area as the Little Grand Canyon, given that its carved canyon and riverbeds resemble the much larger formation in Arizona.
Whether you prefer to spend your hot summer days enjoying white sand beaches and dipping your toes in a gurgling brook, or climbing in and around the many miles of interpretive nature trails learning more about the native species that call the Kisatchie National Forest their home, you will be able to satisfy all your outdoor desires and then some. Ancient bald cypress groves and stands of old growth pine still flourish in the park, and the adventures they hold are yours to discover.