By National Park Service …..
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in partnership with the United States Mint, invite the public to the official launch of the 33rd coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The launch ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) in Lower Town, Harpers Ferry along Hamilton Street.
Park entrance fees are waived for the day and shuttle buses will begin service from the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. ET.
Guest speakers at the ceremony include United States Mint Legislative Affairs Office Chief William Norton and NPS National Capital Regional Director Bob Vogel. Native West Virginian and Olympic Gold Medalist Vicky Bullett will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
The event will also feature youth participation. The Jefferson High School Air Force Junior ROTC will present the colors, the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Greenbrier East High School Marching Band will provide pre-event music and perform the National Anthem.
The Mint will be live tweeting throughout the event using the hashtag #HarpersFerryQTR.
Following the launch ceremony, rolls of the new Harpers Ferry quarters will be available from Jefferson Security Bank. Event attendees may exchange cash for quarters: one roll ($10) minimum and 10 rolls ($100) maximum. Quarters in commemorative packaging may also be purchased from the Harpers Ferry Historical Association bookshop.
Other activities of the day will include:
- Post-ceremony music with the Chamber Ensemble of the Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra;
- Art displays by the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle and local schools;
- Photo opportunities with the United States Mint mascots;
- “Design a Quarter” youth art contests;
- An #HarpersFerryQTR InstaMeet;
The United States Mint will host a coin forum the evening before the launch ceremony–6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 7–at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Lower Town (The Green), in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The coin forum is an opportunity for members of the public to express their views about future coinage, and learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.
The design of the coin features John Brown’s Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory. Inscriptions are “HARPERS FERRY,” WEST VIRGINIA,” “JOHN BROWN’S FORT,” “2016,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill (View Designer’s Profile).
The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park quarter is the 33rd release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative authorized by Public Law 110-456 to honor 56 national parks and other national sites. Each year, five new national sites are depicted on the reverses 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.
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