The United States Mint and the National Park Service are hosting an official launch ceremony for the 2012 Acadia National Park Quarter, which is eighth in the America the Beautiful Quarter series.
Scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 26 at 9:30 AM Eastern Time, the ceremony will take place in the parking lot of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, inside the park, on Route 3 north of Bar Harbor, Maine, which is on the northeast side of Mount Desert Island.
Emceeing the America the Beautiful Quarter event is Bill Green, WCSH6-TV news reporter and host of "Bill Green’s Maine." Speakers will include B.B. Craig, U.S. Mint Associate Director of Sales and Marketing, and Sheridan Steele, Acadia National Park Superintendent. They will describe the significance of the coin’s reverse design, a beautiful rendition of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.
A special talk will be given by Timothy Harrison, author, historian and founder of the American Lighthouse Foundation — a non-profit organization that helps preserve lighthouses from around the nation.
Coin Exchange After Ceremony
Immediately following the America the Beautiful Quarter ceremony will be a coin exchange where attendees may trade cash for $10 rolls of the Acadia National Park Quarter for face value. The exchange will be manned by The First, N.A. bank, and the coins will be from Philadelphia. A maximum limit of 10 rolls per person will likely be enforced, and the exchange is expected to last until the supply of the quarters is depleted.
Many collectors will take their rolls of Acadia quarters to the post office nearby in Bar Harbor to have them postmarked with the June 26 date. A special cancellation postmark will be offered on rolls having a 45 cent postage stamp, and that postmark will be available for 30 days.
A crowd of 500 to 1,000 people, including local dignitaries, is anticipated at the quarter ceremony and coin exchange, so long lines are expected. From the beginning of the ceremony to the end of the coin exchange may take up to two hours, but it is most likely that the ceremony itself will take less than 30 minutes.
A coin forum will be held the night before the ceremony on Monday, June 25, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center Auditorium. It is free to the public, and those in attendance will be able to ask U.S. Mint officials any questions about U.S. coins and products.
The Acadia America the Beautiful quarter has been available from the U.S. Mint since June 11 in 100-coin bags and two-roll sets. It was also released into public circulation the same day, although finding the new quarter at local banks may be a challenge in many places.