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Celebrate Hawaii Volcanoes National Park quarter (Aug. 29)


The public is invited to be part of an historic event as the U.S. Mint ceremonially releases the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park quarter 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the park’s Kahua Hula.

HFS Federal Credit Union will provide $10 rolls of the commemorative quarters for exchange.

The new quarter is part of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The coin features an engraved image of an eruption on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone on its reverse (or tails) side and inscriptions that read HAWAII VOLCANOES, HAWAII 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.

The Hawaii 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 Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park, for the residents of Hawaii, and for the Hawaii Island destination. Now everyone carry a reminder of Hawaii’s first World Heritage Site in their pocket,” Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said.

County of Hawaii Tourism Specialist Stephanie Donoho will serve as master of ceremonies, and representatives from the U.S. Mint, the governor’s office, and the state delegation will participate.

The ceremony will take place at the park’s Kahua Hula, south of Kilauea Visitor Center, on Crater Rim Drive. The event is free, but park entrance fees apply.

Coin Forum

The evening before the launch ceremony — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012— the United States Mint will host a coin forum.

The public forum provides an opportunity for the public to express their views about future coinage, and to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.

The coin forum will be held at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program, authorized by Public Law 110-456, is a multi-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites.

Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverse (tails side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters.

The United States Mint will issue these quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.

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