Rolls and bags of the latest quarter dollar from the United States Mint debuted today, Feb. 4. A design emblematic of the Massachusetts’ Lowell National Historical Park appears on the new quarter’s reverse (tails side).
Product options include 40-coin rolls, 2-roll sets, 3-roll sets and 100-coin bags. Each contains circulation-quality quarters taken directly from the production floor of U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.
Lowell National Historical Park was established on June 5, 1978 and includes 141 acres in Lowell, Massachusetts. The park celebrates the important role that the area played in the Industrial Revolution.
Lowell National Historical Park Quarter Designs
A total of eighteen different design candidates were presented by the U.S. Mint for the reverse of the Lowell National Historical Park Quarter. The final selected image depicts a mill girl working at a power loom with its prominent circular bobbin battery. Through a window behind the girl, we see a view of Lowell, Massachusetts with its iconic Boott Mill clock tower.
Inscriptions on the reverse read: "LOWELL," "MASSACHUSETTS," "2019," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM." The design is by United States Mint artist Joel Iskowitz with sculpting completed by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
In the following U.S. Mint video, Hemphill talks briefly about her work on the quarter.
A portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington, appears on the obverse (heads side) of each quarter. This same basic likeness of the first President has appeared on quarter dollars since 1932 and was the original work of artist John Flanagan.
Obverse inscriptions read: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "QUARTER DOLLAR." A mintmark on the obverse indicates the coin’s facility of production including P for Philadelphia, D for Denver and S for San Francisco.
Quarter Roll and Bag Products
Six unique products are available containing Lowell National Historical Park Quarters. These are:
|Product||US Mint Production Facility||Price|
|40-coin rolls||San Francisco||$18.95|
|Two-roll sets||40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver coins||$32.95|
|Three-roll sets||40 San Francisco, 40 Philadelphia, & 40 Denver||$46.95|
|100-coin bags||San Francisco||$34.95|
Each roll includes a total face value of $10 of quarters. 100 coin bags have a face value of $25.
Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins are released into circulation so Lowell quarters from these facilities will eventually appear in pocket change. The San Francisco facility, however, only produces quarters such as these for numismatic purposes.
Official Release Ceremony, Coin Exchange and Coin Forum
An official release ceremony for the Lowell quarter will be held on Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. EST. The ceremony will take place at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Scheduled to attend the event are Marc Landry, Acting Associate Director for the Numismatic and Bullion Directorate, United States Mint; Eileen Donoghue, Lowell City Manager; Jacqueline Moloney, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Celeste Bernardo, Superintendent, Lowell National Historical Park.
The address for the auditorium is 50 E Merrimack St. Lowell, MA. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange cash for rolls of the quarter dollar.
On the previous evening, Tuesday, Feb, 5, a coin forum will be offered by the U.S. Mint. The forum will run from 6:30–7:30 p.m. EST — at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater, 246 Market St, Lowell, MA and will give those in attendance the chance to ask questions of Mint officials.
Ordering Quarter Rolls and Bags
Lowell quarter rolls and bags are available directly from the U.S. Mint’s online store located here. They may also be ordered by calling the U.S. Mint’s customer service line at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
2019 America the Beautiful Quarters
The Lowell quarter is the 46th in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program which honors sites of national interest.
It also marks the first of five to be issued in the series this year.
|Location of Site||Site Honored||Release Date|
|Massachusetts||Lowell National Historical Park||Feb. 4, 2019|
|Northern Mariana Islands||American Memorial Park||April 1, 2019|
|Guam||War in the Pacific National Historical Park||June 3, 2019|
|Texas||San Antonio Missions National Historical Park||Aug. 26, 2019|
|Idaho||Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness||Nov. 4, 2019|
The complete series includes a total of fifty-six new quarters. Each honors a different national site with one chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. Territories.
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins
Five ounce silver coins containing the same imagery as the Lowell quarter are also produced by the U.S. Mint. This includes three-inch bullion coins sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers.
It also includes three-inch, five ounce .999 fine silver uncirculated coins. The uncirculated Lowell National Historical Park Five Ounce Silver Coin is scheduled for release on Feb. 7. It will sell for $154.95 and has a mintage limit of 20,000.