Around 1,800 people attended the launch ceremony hosted by officials from the United States Mint and National Park Service. Some 1,100 schoolchildren received a George Rogers Clark quarter for free.
The coin’s reverse depicts Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville.
"This new coin is a reminder of the unity of effort and spirit that our predecessors embodied and demonstrated," said Acting Deputy Director David Motl, who represented the U.S. Mint. "The foresight, comradery, and determination of George Rogers Clark and his men are important examples to all of us as to how individuals from different backgrounds are able to come together, work toward achieving the same objective, and create a lasting impression."
Motl shared the stage with a host of speakers including Park Superintendent Frank Doughman and City Council Member Dan Ravellette. Regional Director Tony Goben, District Director Brenda Goff and District Director Carol Jones spoke on behalf of U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon, respectively.
Others ceremony highlights included performances by the George Rogers Clark Fife and Drum Corps and the Vogel Elementary School Choir, and an appearance by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Frank Morris, who designed the quarter’s reverse.
After the quarter ceremony, many attendees took part in the traditional coin exchange. About $42,000 in P-mint mark quarters were swapped for cash.
Another highlight for 125 collectors and local enthusiasts was a coin forum held on the evening before the ceremony where attendees listened to and asked questions of Mint officials.
The U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program launched in 2010 and will celebrate 56 national parks and other sites through 2021. The George Rogers Clark quarter is the 40th released since 2010 and the last of the five unique 25-cent designs for 2017.