The fourth of five coins issued in 2015 for the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is the 2015 Bombay Hook Quarter. It is the twenty-ninth of fifty-six coins in the program.
As seen in the image above, the reverse honors Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.
This quarter entered circulation beginning on September 14, 2015 with the United States Mint selling bags and rolls of them on September 30, 2015.
Featured on the quarter’s reverse is a depiction of a great blue heron and a great egret within their native environment of the refuge’s tidal salt marsh. Inscriptions are BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This design, created by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, was selected from among eight design proposals. The United States Commission of Fine Arts, the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee, and other officials of Delaware reviewed all design candidates, and then the Secretary of Treasury made the final selection.
Other America the Beautiful Quarter releases for 2015 include:
- Homestead National Monument of America Quarter
- Kisatchie National Forest Quarter
- Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter
- Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge of Delaware
Containing almost 16,000 acres, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located on Delaware Bay in Delaware. Four-fifths of the entire refuge is actually tidal salt marsh but the area also includes fresh water pools, swamps, and grasslands.
The Native Americans called the area Canaresse, which means "at the thickets," and later many knew it as Ruyge-Bosje, which meant "shaggy bushes." The current name is from the Dutch term "Bompies Hoeck," meaning "little tree point."
The refuge was established in 1937. It has served as a breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife for centuries. Today, an estimated 100,000 annual visitors come to the refuge.
Also located within the refuge boundaries is the Allee House. Built in 1753, this pre-revolutionary war farmhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is in almost original condition.
Five nature trails are also along a 12-mile road in the refuge, ranging in length from 1/4 to 1 mile. These trails provide an excellent opportunity for individuals to see the landscape and wildlife up close.