Around 700 people, including some 350 children, attended the launch ceremony hosted by officials from the National Park Service and the United States Mint. Kids aged 18 and under received a free War in the Pacific Park quarter to commemorate the event.
The quarter’s reverse (tails side) depicts American forces coming ashore at Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops on the island in the fight for Guam and its eventual liberation.
"The American liberation of Guam hastened the end of the war, but came at a price of thousands of casualties. May this quarter stand as a tribute to the memories this park preserves," remarked U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio, and site superintendent Barbara Alberti joined Mr. Ryder for the free event.
Other ceremony highlights included the presentation of colors by the University of Guam Army ROTC Honor Guard and performances by the Aniten I Taotao Tano’ Cultural Dance Group from Talofofo Elementary School, the Students from Oceanview Middle School’s Guma’ Nina’en Åcho’ Latte, and the Jose Rios Middle School Cultural Club Guma Kinalamten I Taotao Tano’.
Many of those who attended the launch ceremony took part in the traditional coin exchange with about $16,000 in D-mint mark War in the Pacific Park quarters swapped for cash. The quarters were provided by Bank of Guam.
Another highlight for 32 collectors and local enthusiasts was a coin forum held on the evening before the launch ceremony where attendees listened to and asked questions of U.S. Mint officials.
War in the Pacific Park quarters will enter circulation beginning Monday, June 3. The U.S. Mint on the same day will offer them in rolls and bags for collectors. Available products will include quarters produced at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints at prices ranging from $18.95 to $46.95.