Scheduling an official launch ceremony for the 2012 Denali National
Park quarter dollar under the America’s Beautiful Quarters Program
will likely provide a logistical challenge for U.S. Mint officials.
The 2012 Denali National Park quarter dollar is scheduled for
circulation release through the Federal Reserve on Nov. 5.
Official launch ceremonies for the America the Beautiful and
earlier quarter dollars have often been held close to the date of the
circulation release. The Alaska quarter dollar issued under the 50
State Quarters Program was launched with such a ceremony during the
summer of 2008.
National Park Service officials at Denali National Park told Coin
World Sept. 5 that no ceremony is being planned for any location
inside the park’s boundaries. Park officials have already contacted
U.S. Mint officials about how to proceed, according to the park’s
public affairs officer, Kris Fister.
“At this time we are not planning a ceremony at the park,” Fister
said. “November is typically chilly here, with shortening days, and
few visitors. We are two hours away from Fairbanks, and nearly five
hours from Anchorage, the state’s largest city.
“We have asked the U.S. Mint for guidance on any type of event,
and they told us they would get back to us.”
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Public
Affairs, said Sept. 6 that Mint officials will work with Denali
National Park officials in selecting a “weather-friendly” location as
an alternative to anywhere in the park itself because of the park’s remoteness.
Each of the quarter launch ceremonies staged for the 50 State
quarter dollars program and thus far for the America’s Beautiful
Quarters Program have included a coin exchange at the conclusion of
official ceremonies. The coin exchanges have been conducted by a local
A coin forum in which collectors can meet with U.S. Mint
representatives has also been conducted the night before each of the
previously held launch ceremonies for the two programs.
The 2008 Alaska quarter dollar was released during Aug. 29
ceremonies that year at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Then Gov.
Sarah Palin was scheduled to preside over the launch ceremonies, but
her presence was superseded by another event with nationwide
importance. On the same day as the Alaska quarter dollar ceremony,
Palin had secretly traveled to Dayton, Ohio, where she was announced
by Sen. John McCain as his vice presidential running mate on the
Republican ticket. ■