This month the United States Mint and the National Park Service will officially introduce the America the Beautiful Quarter commemorating Saratoga National Historical Park in eastern New York. This year’s final quarter ceremony takes place in Schuylerville, NY on Nov. 17, 2015.
Surrounding the official launch ceremony are a coin forum held the night before and a coin exchange right after it. These events are free and open to the public.
Saratoga quarters actually start their journey into circulation on the day prior to the ceremony, Nov. 16, but it can take months, sometimes years, before they’ll regularly appear in change. The launch ceremony offers an early opportunity to get this last quarter of 2015 which is the 30th coin overall in the U.S. Mint’s program of America the Beautiful Quarters.
Quarter Ceremony – Time and Location
U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Barbara Fox, designer of the Saratoga quarter’s reverse, will be available for interviews before the ceremony.
Lasting around 30 to 40 minutes, official quarter launches are unique events for children, locals, and coin collectors. Official dignitaries provide some historical background via short speeches, and then they unveil the quarter and hand out free ones to school-aged children.
Invited guests include U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The ceremony itself will be live streamed by WNYT-TV (Channel 13) and can be viewed at wnyt.com.
The event’s location details follow:
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Schuylerville High School
14 Spring Street
Schuylerville, NY 12871
The following map shows the location of high school.
The coin exchange begins immediately after the ceremony. Glen Falls National Bank will sponsor the event. Anyone can trade cash for $10 rolls of the new quarters. There is a one-roll ($10) minimum and a 10-roll ($100) maximum.
Coin Forum Evening Prior to Quarter Ceremony
A coin forum hosted by the United States Mint will take place the evening prior to the quarter ceremony. These forums offer opportunities to express views and ask questions about existing, new and upcoming U.S. Mint products. Coin forums usually last about an hour, depending on the amount and type of questions.
Here are the coin forum’s time and location details:
Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Time: 5-6 p.m. (ET)
Saratoga Town Hall
12 Spring Street
Schuylerville, NY 12871
Saratoga Town Hall is adjacent to Schuylerville High School.
Rolls and Bags of Quarters
Another way to get Saratoga quarters is to buy them straight from the United States Mint. Beginning on Nov. 30, the agency will offer them in 40-coin rolls, 2-roll sets, 3-roll sets and 100-coin bags, at prices ranging from $18.95 to $34.95. They will be available at catalog.usmint.gov.
Coverage of these product releases will be offered here on CoinNews.net.
The U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program presents five unique designs each year. Earlier 2015 quarters honor Nebraska’s Homestead National Monument, Louisiana’s Kisatchie National Forest, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway, and Delaware’s Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.