Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter Ceremony, Coin Exchange and Public Forum


The United States Mint and the U.S. Forest Service will officially introduce the quarter honoring Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter
Designed by Emily Damstra and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter depicts a piloted drift boat on the rushing river surrounded by trees and rocks. The coin marks the fifth and final release for 2019 and the fiftieth of fifty-six in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter® Program.

Similar to previous ceremonies, there will be a coin forum held on the evening before the launch ceremony and a coin exchange immediately after it.

While the Frank Church River of No Return quarters enter circulation on Monday, Nov. 4, the quarter ceremony is a premium opportunity to get the last of five 2019-dated quarters. After all, it can take months to years before they appear in regular commerce in every state since Federal Reserve Banks distribute coins to financial institutions without regard to their designs. Another method to obtain them is buying them directly from the U.S. Mint in rolls and bags at www.

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter Launch Ceremony – Time and Location

The quarter ceremony is a special celebration for locals, coin collectors, and children. Attendees will get to hear historical background about the unique forest, the Salmon High School Legacy Choir will perform, and official dignitaries will unveil the new coin and give a free one to school-aged children.

Expected VIPs and speakers at this ceremony include:

  • David Ryder, Director, United States Mint
  • Mike Simpson, U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District
  • Larry LaRocco, former U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District
  • Kathryn Hitch, Regional Director for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
  • Amy Taylor, Regional Director for U.S. Senator James Risch
  • Charles Mark, Supervisor, Salmon-Challis National Forest
  • John Burns, former Forest Supervisor, Salmon National Forest

The quarter ceremony’s time and location details follow.

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. MT
Salmon Jr/Sr High School
401 South Warpath
Salmon, ID 83467

The following map shows the site’s location:


Live Stream of Quarter Ceremony

A live stream of the ceremony will be available on the Forest Service’s Facebook page at

Coin Exchange

In the same location, the coin exchange begins immediately after the quarter ceremony. Participants can trade cash for $10 rolls of the new coins. A one-roll ($10) minimum and a 10-roll ($100) maximum is common.

Coin Forum Evening Prior to Quarter Ceremony

The United States Mint will also host a coin forum for the public on the evening before the ceremony. This event is free and provides an opportunity to learn about upcoming coin programs and initiatives. It also offers a venue for the public to express their views directly to mint officials about future coinage. Coin forums tend to last under around an hour.

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

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. MT
Sacajawea Center
2700 Main Street
Salmon, ID 83467

The following map shows the location of Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center:


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

On Monday, Nov. 4, beginning at noon ET, the U.S. Mint will begin selling Frank Church River of No Return quarters to the public.

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 These product releases will also be covered here on CoinNews.

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