The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness quarter is the fifth in 2019 and 50th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and has been minted at the United States Mint at Philadelphia and has never been placed into circulation.
The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness encompasses more than 2.3 million acres, is the largest single contiguous wilderness in the conterminous States and encompasses four national forests. The name of the wilderness has two roots. “The River of No Return” component derives from when boats could navigate down the Main Salmon River but not back upstream because of fast water and numerous rapids. “Frank Church” was attached to the site’s name in honour of late U.S. Senator Frank Church, who played a leading role in its preservation.
The wilderness is dominated by three dramatic mountain ranges–the Salmon River Mountains, Clearwater Mountains, and Bighorn Crags, which surround 14 strikingly beautiful clear water lakes.
The reverse design depicts a piloted drift boat on the rushing river encompassed by the trees and rock formations of the wilderness.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN GOD WE TRUST
RIVER OF NO RETURN
E PLURIBUS UNUM