On Thursday, June 25, 2015, officials from the United States Mint and National Park Service introduced the new Blue Ridge Parkway quarter-dollar to the public.
The ceremony was held at Pack Square Park in Asheville, North Carolina, which is near the scenic national parkway that is commemorated on the new coin.
"This new quarter stands now as a tribute to this national scenic byway — a cross section of Appalachian mountain history essential to the story of our nation, tying together diverse landscapes and rich history," said David Croft, Associate Director of Manufacturing at the United States Mint.
Special guests included North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods.
Grammy award-winning musician and TV host David Holt served as master of ceremonies.
Around 750 people attended the ceremony, including some 150 school-aged children who received one of new Blue Ridge Parkway quarters for free.
Others swapped cash for $10 rolls of the new coin immediately after the speeches. Asheville Savings Bank exchanged $24,000 in quarters after the event.
The United States Mint hosted a free coin forum on the evening prior to the ceremony. Coin forums offer a venue to express views and ask questions about existing, new and upcoming U.S. Mint products.
On Monday, June 29, the United States Mint (www.usmint.gov) will start selling Blue Ridge Parkway quarters in single rolls, two-roll sets, three-roll sets and 100-coin bags at prices ranging from $18.95 to $34.95.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the third of five quarters for 2015 and the 28th overall in the series of America the Beautiful Quarters.
The Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program kicked off in 2010, and it will honor 56 national parks and other national sites in the U.S. and its territories through 2021.