USA 25-CENTS (KM635) Red-tailed Hawk
In 2010, the US Mint launched the "America the Beautiful" quarters program. Five quarters will be issued each year through 2020 (and one in 2021), for a total of 56 different designs. Each quarter will depict a national park or site from each of the 50 states, the federal district, and each territory).
Illinois' coin features Shawnee National Forest, with a Red-tailed hawk soaring high above Camel Rock. Red-tailed hawks enjoy a wide range in North America and have adapted to many different biomes. Apparently they are one of three large raptor species that are called "chicken hawks" in some parts of the US, even though they rarely prey on chickens.
- Diameter: 24.1 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel clad copper
- CAT#: KM635