Formal ceremonies introducing the 2011 Chickasaw National
Recreation Area quarter dollar were held Nov. 16 in Sulphur, Okla.
The century-old ornamental flower beds of Vendome Well/Flower Park
served as the backdrop for the ceremony co-hosted by B.B. Craig, the
U.S. Mint’s associate director for sales and marketing, and Bruce
Noble, Chickasaw National Recreation Area superintendent.
Oklahoma State Rep. Wes Hilliard served as master of ceremonies.
Amanda Cobb-Greetham, administrator of the Chickasaw Nation Division
of History and Culture, also delivered remarks.
Following the Nov. 16 ceremony, attendees were able to exchange
cash for $10 rolls of the circulation-quality 2011-D Chickasaw quarter
dollars struck at the Denver Mint.
According to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White, approximately 800
people were in attendance for the ceremonies and coin exchange.
White said Landmark Bank, which was in charge of the roll
exchange, received cash for $24,000 in quarter dollars (2,400 $10 face
value rolls containing 40 coins each).
Those attending the ceremony who were 18 years of age and under
each received a 2011-D Chickasaw quarter dollar free.
The reverse of the quarter dollar depicts the Lincoln Bridge,
built of limestone and dedicated in 1909 to celebrate the centennial
of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The bridge is the first constructed
improvement in the national recreation area and a favorite scenic spot.
The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver, a U.S. Mint Artistic
Infusion Program master designer and former U.S. Mint
sculptor-engraver, and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Jim Licaretz.
The 2011 Chickasaw National Recreation Area quarter dollar was
officially released into circulation through the Federal Reserve on
Nov. 14, the same day the U.S. Mint offered two-roll sets of the new
coins as numismatic products at premiums above face value.
Visit the U.S. Mint website at www.usmint.gov, or call the Mint
ordering line at 800-872-6468 to order.
The night before the ceremony, the U.S. Mint hosted a coin forum
at the Travertine Nature Center Auditorium where local residents
gathered to discuss U.S. coinage and to learn about United States Mint
initiatives and programs. ■