US Mint Releases Gettysburg Quarter
Gettysburg Quarter to be launched January 25th
The General Public is Invited to Attend Special Ceremony Celebrating Gettysburg Quarter Release
Gettysburg, Pa. (January 3, 2011)—On January 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., the general public is invited to attend a special ceremony to celebrate the launch of the new Gettysburg Quarter. This historic special event will take place in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
There will be live music, special guest speakers, and children under the age of 18 at the event will receive a free Gettysburg Quarter to commemorate this special day. A specially designed cake, featuring the Gettysburg Quarter, will be served.
The Gettysburg Foundation is co-hosting the ceremony, which will include Gettysburg NMP 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 Bob Kirby, Gettysburg Superintendent. "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."
Gettysburg Foundation Vice Chair Barbara Finfrock stated, "We strongly encourage people to come to the visitor center and museum to participate in the festivities. It is such a deep honor to have this coin represent the Gettysburg battlefield and we hope everyone will share this opportunity of a lifetime with us."
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. For more information go to: http://www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov/coins/2011/gettysburg
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. In the event of a snow emergency this event will be rescheduled for January 27. The operating hours of the Museum and Visitor Center are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History. Information is available at http://www.nps.gov/gett
The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg. Information is available at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
Did You Know?
In July 1913, over 50,000 Union and Confederate veterans camped at Gettysburg National Military Park to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the battle.