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The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

The event includes a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly-minted Ellis Island quarters after the ceremony. Barbara Fox, designer of the quarter’s reverse, will be available for interviews before the ceremony.


  • Todd Baldau, Senior Advisor, United States Mint
  • John Hnedak, Deputy Superintendent, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Zach McCue, Projects Director for U.S. Senator Cory Booker
  • Erica Daughtrey, Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Albio Sires
  • Dave Krolak, Master of Ceremonies
  • Janis Calella, President, Save Ellis Island


Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 11 a.m. ET


Ellis Island
Flagpole Area
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(Ferries leave from Liberty State Park, NJ or Battery Park, NYC. Ferry fee applies.)

Coin Forum

After the ceremony, the United States Mint will host a coin forum 12:30 p.m. (ET), at the Ellis Island Flagpole Area. The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to learn about upcoming coin programs and initiatives, and express their views about future coinage.

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative that honors 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 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.

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About the United States Mint

usmintThe 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 U.S. 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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