Vicksburg and Chickasaw Quarters: Ceremony Release Dates and Locations

by Coin Collecting News on July 14, 2011

Vicksburg and Chickasaw Quarters

The United States Mint this week has announced the coin launch ceremony dates, times, and locations for the final two 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters honoring Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi and Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.

Although both ceremonies are scheduled a day or two after the new quarters enter circulation via the Federal Reserve Banks, each will officially introduce the coins to the public for the first time. The celebration also includes local entertainment and historical commentary. Immediately following the commencements, and usually not far from the stage, attendees can participate in a coin exchange, where cash can be swapped for rolls of the new quarters.

Below is a chart of the time and locations as provided by the U.S. Mint:

2011 Vicksburg Quarter Ceremony

Date: Tues., August 30
Time: 9:30 a.m. CT
Location: USS Cairo Museum located on the grounds of the park in Vicksburg, Mississippi

2011 Chickasaw Quarter Ceremony

Date: Wed., November 16
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Location: The Point at the Lake of the Arbuckles boat launch parking lot in Sulphur, Oklahoma

 

The night before each of the ceremonies, the U.S. Mint will also host a public coin forum which allows an opportunity for collectors to ask Mint officials questions and learn about upcoming releases.

In regards to circulation dates, the Federal Reserve will release the Vicksburg Quarter on August 29 and the Chickasaw Quarter on November 14, but normally it takes a while to see new coinage in pocket change. The U.S. Mint will also initiate their sales of 100-coin bags and two-roll sets on those same days.

Further specifics, such as names of the officials who will be present, coin forum times, etc., will be communicated separately as the dates approach.

For reference, the short U.S. Mint press announcement about the newest quarter dollars’ launch information and dates follows.

United States Mint Announces Launch Ceremony Dates for Quarters Honoring Vicksburg National Military Park and Chickasaw National Recreation Area

WASHINGTON – August typically signals the end of summer, but there are still enough pleasant days left to enjoy the serenity of our Nation’s pristine national parks and sites. Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi will be the site of the launch ceremony for the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin struck in the park’s honor. The ceremony will take place Tuesday, August 30 at the USS Cairo Museum located on the grounds of the park. The ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Central Time (CT).

In November, Oklahomans and the rest of the Nation will have two things to celebrate: the 104th anniversary of the Oklahoma’s admission into the Union and the release of the new quarter honoring Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The launch ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 16 at The Point at the Lake of the Arbuckles boat launch parking lot in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. CT.

Both events include a coin exchange after the ceremony where participants can exchange their cash for rolls containing the honored site’s new quarter. Children 18 years old and younger will receive a free quarter to commemorate the event.

Additionally, the United States Mint will hold a coin forum the evening before each quarter launch ceremony where the public can discuss future U.S. coinage and learn about United States Mint initiatives and coin programs. Information about the coin forums will be available in the coming weeks.

About US Mint

The United States Mint (http://www.usmint.gov), created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.

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