Nov. 15 is the date being considered by officials at Denali
National Park in Alaska and the U.S. Mint for official launch
ceremonies for the 2012 Denali National Park quarter dollar.
The quarter dollar is being released into circulation through the
Federal Reserve Banks on Nov. 5.
Kris Fister, public affairs officer at Denali, said officials are
seeking a location that will be able to accommodate up to 500 people
for the launch ceremony. That need likely will involve a facility in
Healy, the borough seat for Denali Borough, Fister said.
Healy, with a population of approximately 1,000 year-round
residents, is located 10 miles northeast of the Denali National Park,
250 miles north of Anchorage and 110 miles south of Fairbanks. Route 3
extends from 35 miles north of Anchorage to Healy and on to Fairbanks.
Fister said Healy has limited venues that can accommodate up to
500 people. Healy is under consideration to host the quarter dollar
launch ceremonies because most of the park, including the main
visitors center, is shut down and inaccessible in November due to
weather conditions, Fister said. The backup visitors center does not
have enough physical space to handle the event, she said.
The venue being considered is the Tri-Valley Community Center,
which also contains a branch of First National Bank Alaska, the only
bank in Healy, Fister said. Discussions are being held with bank
officials for the financial institution to sponsor and oversee the
exchange of $10 rolls of 2012-D Denali National Park quarter dollars
following the official ceremonies, Fister said.
The community center is being considered because the only other
venue large enough to accommodate 500 people, the gymnasium of
Tri-Valley School, is having its floor repaired because of water
damage, Fister said.
The Tri-Valley Community Library is being considered as the host
venue for a coin forum staged the evening of Nov. 14 by U.S. Mint
officials. The Mint will outline the bureau’s initiatives and field
questions from participants.
The 2012 Denali National Park quarter dollar is the 15th of 56
quarter dollars being issued under America’s Beautiful National Parks
Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, Public Law 110–456. The reverse
designs of the quarter dollars honor national parks and historic sites
in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S.
territories — Guam, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands,
American Samoa, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
The quarter dollars are issued in the order in which the site
being honored was congressionally recognized.
The Denali National Park quarter dollar reverse was designed by
Susan Gamble, a master designer with the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion
Program, and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Jim Licaretz.
The design features a Dall sheep with Mount McKinley rising in the background.
The Mint followed the advice of both the Commission of Fine Arts
and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, offered during the two
panels’ October 2010 meetings, of making the sheep larger on the coin
than it appeared in the original rendition provided to the two groups
for their review. ■