Voyageurs Quarter Ceremony, Coin Exchange and Public Forum

by Rhonda Kay on June 6, 2018 · 0 comments

Next week, the United States Mint and the National Park Service will introduce the quarter commemorating Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. This year’s third quarter ceremony will take place by the park’s headquarters on Thursday, June 14.

2018 Voyageurs National Park Quarter - reverse

Designed by Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the Voyageurs quarter for Minnesota depicts a common loon with a rock cliff in the background. This quarter is the third of five for 2018.

Similar to previous ceremonies, there are two related events supporting the quarter’s official release. First, there is a U.S. Mint-hosted coin forum on the night before the ceremony, and then there is the traditional coin exchange right after the ceremonial launch. Both are free and open to the public.

Voyageurs National Park quarters begin their journey into general circulation on Monday, June 11, but sometimes it can take months, years even, before they regularly appear in change since Federal Reserve Banks distribute coins to financial institutions without regard to their designs. The quarter ceremony provides an early opportunity to get this third of five 2018-dated quarters. The U.S. Mint offers another by selling them in rolls and bags.

Voyageurs Quarter Launch Ceremony – Time and Location

Quarter ceremonies are special events for locals, coin collectors, and children. They usually last from 30 to 60 minutes, as local entertainers perform, and officials from the U.S. Mint and National Park Service provide background information about the quarter and the site honored. Expected dignitaries at the event include:

  • David J. Ryder, Director, United States Mint
  • Bob DeGross, Superintendent, Voyageurs National Park
  • Cathy Chavers, Tribal Chairwoman, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • Ida Rukavina, Regional Outreach Director for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Tom Whiteside, Representative for U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan
  • Leland Grim, Retired Professor of Ornithology, Master of Ceremonies

Highlights of the ceremony will include music performances by International Falls native Gavia Yount and local artist Darcy Sullivan. Additional ceremony participants include Boy Scouts of America Troop #150, Cub Scout Troop #145, Girl Scouts of America Troops #1150, 1151, 1153 and 1156 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard #2948.

Children age 18 and younger in attendance will receive one free new quarter to commemorate the event.

The quarter ceremony’s time and location details follow.

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CT)
Location:
Irvin Anderson Amphitheater
360 Hwy 11 East
International Falls, MN 56649

The following map shows the site’s location:

 

Coin Exchange

The coin exchange begins immediately after the quarter ceremony. Attendees can swap cash for $10 rolls of the new coins. There is a one-roll ($10) minimum and a 10-roll ($100) maximum.

Coin Forum Evening Prior to Quarter Ceremony

A coin collector forum hosted by the United States Mint will take place on the evening before the ceremony. This forum gives people a chance to learn more about the U.S. Mint and to ask questions about its products. Coin forums tend to last almost an hour.

Here are the coin forum’s time and location details:

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (CT)
Location:
Kabetogama Lake Town Hall
9707 Gamma Road
Kabetogama, MN 56669

The following map shows the location of the town hall.

 

U.S. Mint-Branded Rolls and Bags of Quarters & Other Quarter Collectibles

On Monday, June 11, starting at noon ET, the U.S. Mint will begin selling Voyageurs quarters to the public. Product options include 40-coin rolls, 2-roll sets, 3-roll sets, and 100-coin bags at prices ranging from $18.95 to $46.95. They will be available for order online at catalog.usmint.gov. These product releases will also be covered here on CoinNews.

Earlier this year, on Jan. 23, the U.S. Mint released collector proof versions of all five 2018 quarters for $15.95. These coins exhibit frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds. Proof editions in silver launched on Feb. 22 for $33.95. More recently, on March 29, the U.S. Mint issued an uncirculated set of 2018 quarters for $12.95.

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