An official launch ceremony for the Denali National Park quarter will be held November 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., the United States Mint has confirmed.
Also released are details for a public coin forum the U.S. Mint will host in the evening prior to the ceremony. Both are free and open to the public.
Issued as the fifteenth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, the Denali quarter honors the national park and preserve located in Alaska. The coin will actually make its debut into circulation and go on sale at the U.S. Mint ten days earlier on November 5. Examples of products by the Mint filled with Denali quarters are two-roll sets, 100-coin bags and 40-coin rolls.
A typical quarter launch ceremony lasts between 30 and 40 minutes. It will feature entertainment and historical commentary from local dignitaries. Children from nearby schools are often present as well. The event is followed by a coin exchange that is always extremely popular with attendees.
Names of the local, state, or federal officials and representatives who have been invited to attend or speak at the ceremony have not yet been announced. The person named Master of Ceremonies is often a well-known figurehead of the community or from the surrounding area. More details will be released as they become available.
Denali National Park Quarter Ceremony Details
Date: November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Tri-Valley Community Center, .5 Mile Healy Spur Road
Healy, AK 99743
Coin Forum Prior to Denali Quarter Launch
Date: November 14
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tri-Valley Community Library, 400 Suntrana Road
Healy, AK 99743
Coin forums are unique in that they offer direct access for the public to ask U.S. Mint officials questions about U.S. coins, programs, and upcoming releases. In the past, the forums have lasted about an hour.
America the Beautiful Quarter and Related Product Releases
Previous quarter releases in 2012 celebrated El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii.
In all and as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the United States Mint will produce 56 quarters with designs on their reverse that are emblematic of a national park or site in each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. The first quarter launched in 2010 and the last one will be released in 2021.
Also in the U.S. Mint’s portfolio are companion five ounce, 99.9% fine bullion and uncirculated America the Beautiful Silver Coins that are duplicates of the quarters. The Denali America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin has a scheduled release date of November 5, 2012 — the same time that the quarter rolls and bags are launched. The Mint has not indicated as of this writing when the bullion five ounce piece will launch.