Officials from the United States Mint and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will launch the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The ceremony will be held at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Smyrna, Delaware. Invited guests include U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, Congressman John Carney, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, former U.S. Congressman Michael Castle, sponsor of the legislation that created the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, and United States Mint at Philadelphia Plant Manager Marc Landry. The public will have the opportunity to exchange their cash for $10 rolls of newly minted Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarters after the ceremony.
The event will be broadcast live at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/index.html. A live stream of the quarter launch will be available at http://original.livestream.com/bombayhookquarter.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter Launch Ceremony and Coin Exchange
- U.S. Senator Tom Carper
- U.S. Senator Chris Coons
- U.S. Congressman John Carney
- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
- Former U.S. Congressman Michael Castle
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe
- United States Mint at Philadelphia Plant Manager Marc Landry
- Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge Complex Project Leader Al Rizzo
- Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Manager Oscar Reed
10 a.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
2591 Whitehall Neck Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
The evening before the launch ceremony–Thursday, Sept. 17, 6–7 p.m. (ET)–the United States Mint will host a coin forum at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977. The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to express their views about future coinage, and to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.
The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter is the 29th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a 12–year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110–456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverse (tails side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.
About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.
Images of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter are available at http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?action=photo#AmericaTheBeautiful.
Information about the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is available at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bombay_hook/.
Information about the United States Mint and the America Beautiful Quarters Program is available at http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/.