American Memorial Park Quarter Ceremony, Coin Exchange and Public Forum

by Rhonda Kay on March 29, 2019 · 0 comments

In late April, the United States Mint and the National Park Service will officially introduce the quarter celebrating American Memorial Park in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This year’s second quarter ceremony will take place at the park’s amphitheater on Tuesday, April 30.

2019 American Memorial Park Quarter - Reverse

Designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the American Memorial Park quarter for Northern Mariana Islands depicts a young woman in traditional attire at the front of the Flag Circle and Court of Honor. She is resting her hand on the plaque whose text honors the sacrifice of those who died in the Marianas Campaign of World War II. The quarter marks the second release this year and the forty-seventh in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter® Program.

Two conjoining events support the quarter’s public release. A coin forum sponsored by U.S. Mint officials is scheduled on the evening before the ceremony, and then there will be a traditional coin exchange right after the ceremony ends. These events are free and open to the public.

American Memorial Park quarters will actually begin their journey into general circulation on Monday, April 1, but it could be months or years before they penetrate cash registers at retail businesses because Federal Reserve Banks distribute coins to financial institutions without regard to their designs.

American Memorial Park Quarter Launch Ceremony – Time and Location

Quarter ceremonies are special occasions for locals, coin collectors, and children. Attendees will hear historical background about the park, local entertainers will perform, and official dignitaries — including U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder — will unveil the new coin. A free quarter will be given to school-aged children at the event.

The quarter ceremony’s time and location details follow.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Local Time: 10 a.m. (ChST)
Location:
American Memorial Park Amphitheater
Micro Beach Road, Garapan
Saipan, CNMI

Coin Exchange

The coin exchange, sponsored by the Bank of Guam, begins immediately after the quarter ceremony. Participants can swap cash for rolls of the newly struck quarter (‘D’ mint mark). There will be a one-roll ($10) minimum and a 10-roll ($100) maximum.

Coin Forum Evening Prior to Quarter Ceremony

The United States Mint will also host a coin forum for the public the evening before the ceremony. This free, educational event provides an opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Mint’s role and discuss Mint’s products. Coin forums tend to last almost an hour.

Here are the coin forum’s time and location details:

Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (ChST)
Location:
American Memorial Park Visitor Center Theatre
Micro Beach Road, Garapan
Saipan, CNMI

U.S. Mint-Branded Rolls and Bags of Quarters & Other Quarter Collectibles

The U.S. Mint on April 1 will also sell circulation editions of the quarter in rolls and bags. Product options include 40-coin rolls, 2-roll sets, 3-roll sets, and 100-coin bags at prices ranging from $18.95 to $46.95. They will be available for order online at catalog.usmint.gov. These product releases will also be covered here on CoinNews.

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