US Mint Announces 2011 National Park Quarter Ceremony Dates


The United States Mint has announced ceremony dates for the second and third 2011 National Park Quarter releases, as well as times for coin forums to be held on the evenings prior to each of the ceremonies.

Glacier and Olympic National Park Quarters
Public release ceremonies have been scheduled for the Glacier National Park Quarter (left) and the Olympic National Park Quarter (right). Their respective ceremonial launches will occur on April 13 and June 14.

The US Mint will conduct the second 2011 Glacier National Park Quarter ceremony on April 13 and the third 2011 Olympic National Park Quarter ceremony on June 14.

The coins are the seventh and eighth issues from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program which celebrates national parks and other national cites throughout the U.S. and its territories.

"Each launch ceremony is a unique celebration that includes local entertainment, historical commentary and participation by school children," the US Mint describes in a statement. "The ceremonies culminate in a coin exchange in which adults can exchange their currency for rolls of newly minted quarters bearing the design that honors the featured site, and children 18 years old and younger receive a new quarter to commemorate the event."

US Mint release details for the two coins honoring the national parks in Montana and Washington follow:

Glacier Quarter National Park Ceremony Details

US Mint Coin Forum

Date: April 12
Time: 5 p.m. MT
Location: Glacier National Park Community Building at park headquarters in West Glacier, Montana



Date: April 13
Time: 1 p.m. MT
Location: Columbia Falls High School at 610 13th Street West in Columbia Falls, Montana

Olympic National Park Quarter Ceremony Details

US Mint Coin Forum

Date: June 13
Time: 7 p.m. MT
Location: Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 600 East Park Avenue in Port Angeles, Washington



Date: June 14
Time: 11 a.m. PT
Location: City Pier in Port Angeles, Washington

The US Mint describes the coin forums as giving the public:

"An opportunity to share their views about our coins and learn about new coin programs and United States Mint initiatives."

The Glacier quarter of Montana depicts a view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds towering in the distance, while a mountain goat clamors over the rocky slopes of the park’s high country. It was designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers.

The Olympic quarter of Washington features a reverse design depicting a Roosevelt elk standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River with a view of Mount Olympus in the background. It was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.

The US Mint launched the first 2011 Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter in a ceremony on January 25, 2011 and made them available for purchase in bags and rolls two days later. Ceremony dates for the fourth 2011 Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter and fifth 2011 Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter will be announced when they are established, the US Mint indicated.

Check out the 2011 quarter images link for more information on each coin, including the expected dates for when they will released into circulation through Federal Reserve Banks.

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