The second strike of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program for 2019 will be the 2019 American Memorial Park Quarter. This coin numbers forty-seven out of 56 new strikes to be minted through the program which launched in 2010 and runs through 2021.
The public should catch its first glimpse of the possible designs for the American Memorial quarter sometime in 2018 when the Mint releases them for review. Final design selections, however, will probably only be unveiled early in 2019 before the first quarter of that year is issued.
America the Beautiful Quarters each honor a different site of national interest with a design emblematic of that location on their reverse. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories for a total of fifty-six locations honored in the series.
Additional 2019 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Lowell National Historical Park Quarter
- War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter
- Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter
American Memorial Park of the Northern Mariana Islands
Commemorating a battle seen as the beginning of the end of the Pacific portion of World War II, the American Memorial Park was established in 1978 on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.
When American forces battled for possession of the island in June of 1944, they probably did not know the importance of that location. At a cost of thousands of lives (both American and local islanders), the Marianas Campaign proved successful in cutting off supply and communication channels for many Japanese forces.
It also provided access for the American B-29 bombers to strike the Japan Mainland leading to the end of the War.
Still visible within the park boundaries are several concrete fortifications known as "pill boxes." Japanese soldiers used these fortifications as defensive structures while they were in possession of the island.
Over 50,000 names are inscribed on the Court of Honor which is meant to cause us to remember the Battle of Saipan.