The Lowell National Historical Park Quarter Is Officially In Circulation!
Looking to get your very own Lowell National Historical Park quarter? Many downtown banks have rolls of quarters available for exchange. Check with your local bank to see if they have rolls available.
Thank you to Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union for facilitating the coin exchange at yesterday's quarter launch! Thousands of brand new quarters are now in the hands of community members and coin collectors. The downtown Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union branch has rolls of new Lowell quarters available.
The Eastern National museum store at Lowell National Historical Park will be receiving commemorative sets of quarters and other quarter merchandise in the near future. We will post on our social media accounts when these new products arrive. (Lots of other great Lowell National Historical Park merchandise available in the museum stores in the meantime, so stop on by!)
Join Us for the Lowell Quarter Launch and Coin Exchange
Lowell Memorial Auditorium, February 6, 2019, 10 a.m.
LOWELL, MA- Lowell National Historical Park is reopened with winter programs, events, and attractions back up and running. The Lowell National Historical Park (NHP) Quarter Launch & Coin Exchange will take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium (50 East Merrimack Street). The event, presented by Lowell NHP in partnership with the United States Mint, provides an opportunity for the public to acquire the Lowell NHP quarter, the 46th coin released in the US Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The United States Mint will also host a coin forum Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019 from 6:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m. at the Lowell National Historical Park visitor center (246 Market Street). The forum provides a unique opportunity to talk with a United States Mint representative and get an inside look at the Mint’s programs and products. Both programs are free and open to the public.
The Lowell National Historical Park Quarter Launch & Coin Exchange will include remarks from former Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, National Park Service Northeast Region Deputy Director Rosalyn Fennell, and Acting Associate Director of the United States Mint Marc Landry; musical performances by the Lowell High School band and chorus; and a traditional coin pour to launch the Lowell NHP quarter into circulation. Lowell NHP Superintendent Celeste Bernardo and park partners Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue, University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, Community Teamwork, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Karen Frederick, and Coalition for a Better Acre Executive Director Yun-Ju Choi will emcee the event.
Following the program, all children 18 and under in attendance, including all Lowell Public School Fourth Graders, will receive a new Lowell NHP quarter from the United States Mint. The public is then invited to acquire Lowell NHP quarters at face value ($10 per roll, one roll minimum/ten roll maximum, cash only accepted). Through this coin exchange, program attendees will be the first in the country to own a circulating Lowell NHP quarter.
The Lowell Development & Financial Corporation (LDFC), a non-profit development corporation created to assist in the economic revitalization of Lowell, is a partner in the event. The LDFC has partnered with the Lowell NHP on major development projects in the city of Lowell and has done so with its partners in the lending field; Align Credit Union, Eastern Bank, Enterprise Bank, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Lowell Five, Salem Five, TD Bank and Washington Savings Bank. These same lending institutions are supporting and participating in the Lowell NHP Quarter Launch & Coin Exchange.
Acting Associate Director Landry will be available for media interviews before and after the quarter launch on February 6, and at the evening coin forum on February 5. Interviews may be arranged at the event with the staff of the United States Mint. For any questions, please contact park public relations specialist Phil Lupsiewicz at (978) 275-1705.
The design of the Lowell NHP Quarter was created by artist Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by sculptor/engraver Phebe Hemphill, and was selected in August 2018 from among 18 designs submitted by members of the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. The design weaves together the key elements of the human story of the industrial revolution and its legacies, innovations in technology, and the preservation of the industrial cityscape. In a very compact space, the design conveys a broad range of Lowell National Historical Park’s stories and themes.
The public is invited to explore 1840s mill life with the United States Mint’s new chose your own adventure game https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids/games/textile-tales. Teachers can also share the story of Lowell’s role in the industrial revolution with their students using free lesson plans from the United States Mint found at https://www.usmint.gov/learn/educators/lesson-plans/technology-and-labor-reform-the-role-of-lowell-in-the-industrial-revolution.
For more information about Lowell National Historical Park, visit www/nps.gov/lowe, connect with us on social media at #LowellNPS, or call 978-970-5000. And, look for additional upcoming happenings at the park for 2019.
Lowell National Historical Park America the Beautiful Quarter Launch - February 6, 2019
Save the Date- February 6, 2019! Lowell National Historical Park and the United States Mint are pleased to announce that the date and place have been set for the Launch event for the Lowell Quarter.
The Quarter Launch and Coin Exchange will take place on Wednesday, February 6, starting at 10 a.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium (50 East Merrimack Street). In case of extreme weather, a snow date of February 7 at the same time has been set.
There will also be a coin forum presented by the United States Mint on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the park visitor center at 246 Market Street. Both events are free and all are welcome to attend. Check back here for more details coming soon, or visit the Mint's event- https://www.facebook.com/events/192371531688832/.
The image is the actual quarter as it will be minted. It's a beautiful design and highlights so much of Lowell's story, from women workers to technology to historic preservation. The design was created by Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Joel Iskowitz, and splendidly realized in three dimensions by Mint sculptor Phebe Hemphill. We can't wait to see the quarter in person!
The United States Mint Unveils the Design for the Lowell National Historical Park Quarter
Lowell National Historical Park is proud to share the announcement from the United States Mint on the selection of a design for the 2019 Lowell National Historical Park quarter. The quarter will be the first to be minted in 2019 and the 46th overall in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The designs for all five of the 2019 quarters, including the Lowell quarter, were unveiled at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA on August 14, 2018. The quarter honoring Lowell National Historical Park will be released at a launch event hosted by the United States Mint and the National Park Service in February 2019.
The selection was made from among 18 designs submitted by designers in the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. All of the designs were reviewed over the last year, and recommendations and preferred choices sent to the Mint from the Citizen Coinage Advisory Council, the Commission of Fine Arts, the Governor of Massachusetts, and Lowell National Historical Park. Based on the recommendations, the final design choice was approved by the United States Secretary of the Treasury.
18 Designs Proposed for the Lowell National Historical Park Quarter
The United States Mint commissioned its artists to create candidate designs for the Lowell quarter. The designs were reviewed for accuracy, edited, finalized, and presented to the Mint in September 2017.
The designs were reviewed and preferred selections made by two national advisory bodies. The Citizen Coinage Advisory Committee selected design MA-11 and the Commission of Fine Arts selected design MA-16. Additional input on the designs and preferences from Lowell National Historical Park and the Governor of Massachusetts were also considered. With the advice of the United States Mint, the final choice (design MA-16) was approved by the Secretary of the Treasury. The design selection was made public on August 14, 2018, and the quarter is planned for release in February 2019.
Last updated: February 8, 2019