The Quarter is Coming! The Quarter is Coming!
February 10, 2015
Soon you will be able to carry a piece of the homesteading story in your pocket! After lots of planning and excitement, the America the Beautiful quarter featuring Homestead National Monument of America is almost here. The quarter is currently in production, with about 10 million being minted a day. The final quarter design, created by U.S. Mint artist Ron Sanders, can be seen below and is a representation of the things homesteaders needed to survive: food, housing, and water.
Be part of the release celebration!
Quarter Launch Event and Coin Exchange
The quarter will be released on February 10, 2015. We invite you to join us on that day for a launch celebration at Beatrice High School. In addition to the high school parking lot, parking will be abailable at Shopko Hometown and the Orange Bowl Bowling Alley. From 8:45 a.m. until noon, shuttle buses will pick up guests from these locations and deliver them to the front door of the high school. Seating will begin at 9 a.m. along with a pre-launch performances by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Big Red Singers and Beatrice High School's band and chamber choir.
The Quarter Launch Ceremony kicks off at 10 a.m. with an official welcome from co-emcees Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth and Beatrice High School Junior Dylan George. Mike Wolfe, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will give an American Indian Blessing. Hear remarks by Superintendent Mark Engler, Acting Midwest Regional Director Patty Trap, County Supervisor Myron Dorn, and several other dignitaries or representatives, and special musical performances by the Beatrice High School Chamber Choir and the Big Red Singers. The program will conclude with a Quarter Launch video, remarks by Lt. Governor Mike Foley, and a special presentation and Coin Pour by Dave Croft of the United States Mint. The Coin Pour is just what it sounds like--new quarters being poured from/into something that represents the site on the quarter. The Beatrice High School industrial arts students have been building the quarter pour mechanism for Homestead and are excited to share it with the state.
A coin exchange will begin immediately following the quarter launch event, with a one roll ($10) minimum and 10 roll ($100) maximum. Learn more about the exchange in the "how to get your own Homestead quarter" section below.
Open House and Coin Exchange
Also on February 10, 2015, come to Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center for an open house and coin exchange from 1-4 p.m. Learn more about the exchange below.
U.S. Mint Coin Forum
For those especially interested in numismatics (the study or collection of currency), the United States Mint will host a coin forum the evening before the event. You are welcome to join the forum on February 9, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center.
U.S. Mint Lesson Plans
Celebrate the monumental release of the Homestead Quarter with your students! In addition to the February 10, 2015 launch event at Beatrice High School at 10 a.m., access lesson plans and activities to learn about this exciting quarter design. These plans, created by the U.S. Mint, are for grades 2-3 and grades 7-8.
How to get your own Homestead quarter
From a Coin Exchange through Homestead National Monument of America: Attend a coin exchange as part of February 10, 2015 release events. There will be a coin exchange immediately following the 10 a.m. launch program at Beatrice High School in Beatrice, Nebraska. The exchange will then continue from 1-4 p.m. at Homestead National Monument of America during an open house that same day. At the coin exchanges, you may exchange paper cash only for Homestead quarters, with a one roll minimum ($10) and ten roll ($100) maximum. You may not make an exchange for less than $10 or one roll. Quarter rolls will be exchanged for cash bills only--no coins, checks, or credit cards. Exchanges through Homestead will only be possible on February 10. After this date you must exchange quarters at your local bank or purchase sets from Homestead's bookstores or the U.S. Mint.
From the Bookstore at Homestead National Monument of America: Purchase a special packaged quarter or P and D set of quarters from the Friends of Homestead through our cooperating association, Eastern National. You can purchase these sets in a special box at Homestead's bookstores, along with other commemorative quarter items such as key chains.
From a Beatrice bank: Banks in Beatrice, Nebraska will have quarter rolls available for exchange through the week of February 10, 2015.
From another local bank: In order to get the Homestead quarter from your bank (outside Beatrice), you can request that your local bank place an order for the quarters. They need to specify Homestead quarters when ordering from the Federal Reserve Banks.
From the U.S. Mint: Rolls of Homestead quarters will be available for order via the U.S. Mint website on the release date of February 9, 2015. They will be sold as a two-roll set; one from Philadelphia and one from Denver Mint. This product will sell for $32.95 + $4.95 shipping.They will also have $100 bags of quarters and bullions (5 oz. silver coins) available at the same time. Later in the month, you can find other Homestead quarter rolls, sets, and items for sale from the U.S. Mint's catalog.