Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011
On the morning of January 25th, a special ceremony will be held at the park’s visitor center to celebrate the release of the new Gettysburg quarter – the sixth in a series currently being minted under the America the Beautiful Quarter program to pay homage to the nation's national parks.
There will be live music and special guest speakers, and children under the age of 18 at the event will receive a free Gettysburg quarter to commemorate the day. A specially designed cake, featuring an image of the quarter, will be served.
The Gettysburg Foundation is co-hosting the ceremony, which will include Superintendent Bob Kirby, Gettysburg Foundation Vice Chair Barbara Finfrock, Acting Director of the United States Mint Andrew Brunhart, the United States Mint mascot “Peter the Mint Eagle,” students from Lincoln Elementary School in Gettysburg, Girl Scouts, a Civil War honor guard and other special guests.
“We are very happy to be honored with this beautiful new quarter,” said Kirby. “The coin can be a daily reminder of the sacrifices made at Gettysburg and a great way to start a conversation about national parks, national heritage, and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.”
At the conclusion of the event, there will be a coin exchange in which visitors can purchase rolls of newly minted Gettysburg quarters bearing the design that honors the park. The quarters will be exchanged at face value, with a one roll minimum, for $10, and ten roll maximum worth $100. The exchange is cash only.
This is the first opportunity for members of the public to obtain this historic, collectable quarter.
The reverse (tails side) of the Gettysburg quarter features the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, which is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge on the Gettysburg battlefield.
The Gettysburg quarter is the sixth in a series minted under the America the Beautiful Quarter Program to pay homage to the nation's national parks. The series, which launched in 2010, has already honored Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Canyon National Park and Mount Hood National Forest. The program will feature 56 parks and natural areas in all.