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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. 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.
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.
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 ten roll ($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; and much more.
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.