Saratoga Quarter Launch Ceremony Highlights

by Rhonda Kay on November 20, 2015 · 0 comments

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service introduced the new Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter. The coin is the last of five quarters for 2015 and the 30th overall in the series of America the Beautiful Quarters.

Saratoga quarter launch

Saratoga National Historical Park Superintendent Amy Bracewell and United States Mint Acting Quality Manager Ron Harrigal participate in the ceremonial coin pour during the launch of the Saratoga quarter in Schuylerville, NY. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.

The launch ceremony was held in Schuylerville, New York, just a few miles from the historical site commemorated on the coin.

More than 1,400 people attended, including about 500 school-aged children who received one of new Saratoga quarters for free.

Saratoga quarter launch crowd

People packed the Schuylerville High School auditorium (shown) and gym for the ceremonial launch of the Saratoga quarter. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.


Children holding free Saratoga quarter

Fourth grade students show off their new Saratoga National Historical Park Quarters. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.

Others, right after the ceremony, swapped cash for $10 rolls of the new coin. Glen Falls National Bank sponsored the event in which $27,000 in quarters were exchanged.

On the evening prior to the ceremony, the United States Mint hosted a free coin forum with 75 enthusiasts attending. Coin forums offer a venue to express views and ask questions about existing, new and upcoming U.S. Mint products.

The next opportunity to buy Saratoga quarters is on Nov. 30. That is the day the United States Mint (www.usmint.gov) will begin selling them in single rolls, two-roll sets, three-roll sets and 100-coin bags at prices ranging from $18.95 to $34.95.

2015 Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter

Designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter depicts a close-up of the moment General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword to General Horatio Gates, a turning point many believe marked the beginning of the end of the American Revolutionary War

WNYT-TV (Channel 13), the local NBC affiliate, live-streamed the quarter ceremony. Their video is below.

 

The U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program debuted in 2010. It will honor 56 national parks and other national sites in the U.S. and its territories through 2021.

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