One week from today, on Tuesday, June 26, the United States Mint and the National Park Service will officially welcome the Acadia National Park Quarter, the third of five America the Beautiful Quarters for 2012.
The two agencies will conduct a ceremonial launch of the coin that bears a reverse design celebrating Acadia National Park in the state of Maine. In addition, the U.S. Mint will host a coin forum on the night before the ceremony.
Open to the public, the ceremony will start at 9:30 AM Eastern Time and take place at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, which is found on the grounds of Acadia National Park. Speakers will include:
- B. B. Craig, Associate Director, Sales and Marketing, U.S. Mint
- Sheridan Steele, Superintendent, Acadia National Park
- Timothy Harrison, Founder, American Lighthouse Foundation
- Bill Green, Host, WCSH-TV’s "Bill Green’s Maine"
The ceremony should last between 30-45 minutes, then immediately following is a coin exchange where the public can get $10 rolls of the new quarters at face value.
As mentioned earlier, the U.S. Mint will host a coin forum where attendees can probe the minds of a U.S. Mint official to find out about coins and U.S. collecting products. The coin forum is on Monday, June 25, and will run for about one hour. It will start at 6:30 PM at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center Auditorium.
New Acadia quarters started to enter circulation last week, on Monday, June 11 — the same day that the U.S. Mint began selling bags and rolls of the coins through http://www.usmint.gov.
The quarter features a reverse by Barbara Fox that offers a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Acadia’s rough coastline. It follows earlier releases this year which honor El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico and Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. The two upcoming America the Beautiful Quarters will depict Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.