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Hawaii National Park, HAWAIʻI -- The public is invited to be part of an exciting, historic event as the United States Mint ceremonially releases the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park quarter at the park's Kahua Hula on Wed., Aug. 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
HFS Federal Credit Union will provide $10 rolls of the commemorative quarters for exchange.
The new quarter is part of the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The coin features an engraved image of an eruption on Kīlauea's East Rift Zone on its reverse (or tails) side and inscriptions that read HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES, HAWAII 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
The Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' quarter is the fourth quarter to be launched in 2012, and the 14th in a series of 56 circulating America the Beautiful Quarters. The reverse side (or tails side) designs are symbolic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.
All coins in the program have a common obverse (heads side) featuring a portrait of George Washington and the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
"This highly collectible quarter is a significant milestone for Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, for the residents of Hawaiʻi, and for the Hawaiʻi Island destination. Now everyone can carry a reminder of Hawaiʻi's first World Heritage Site in their pocket," said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.
County of Hawaiʻi Tourism Specialist Stephanie Donoho will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and representatives from the United States Mint, the Governor's office, and the State Delegation will participate.
The ceremony will take place at the park's Kahua Hula, south of Kīlauea Visitor Center, on Crater Rim Drive. The event is free, but park entrance fees apply.