On March 14, 2012 the Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios represented the United States Mint at the ceremonial launch of the quarter-dollar coin honoring El Yunque National Forest at the El Portal Rain Forest Center.
Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi and Puerto Rico's Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock along with Forest Supervisor Pablo Cruz also participated in the ceremony. Members of the community, agency representatives, partners, visitors and students from nearby schools were also on hand for the festivities. The event culminated in a coin exchange, where the public exchanged cash for $10 rolls of the El Yunque National Forest quarters.
The El Yunque National Forest quarter is the 11th coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites.