The U.S. Mint's newest America the Beautiful quarter dollar is now in circulation.
Mint officials were on hand Tuesday at Schuylerville (N.Y.) High
School for the launch of the Saratoga National Historical Park
quarter, during which $27,000 worth of quarters were exchanged.
According to the Mint, more than 1,400 people attended the launch
ceremony, including 500 students.
A coin forum on Monday night brought out 75 attendees.
The Saratoga quarter dollar is the 30th release in the America the
Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national
parks and other national sites.
The quarter's reverse depicts a close-up of the moment British Gen.
John Burgoyne surrendered his sword to American Gen. Horatio Gates, a
turning point many believe marked the "beginning of the end of
the American Revolutionary War."
"This new coin honors the patriots who fought so bravely to
defend our fledgling nation and whose victory forever changed the face
of the world," Acting U.S. Mint Quality Manager Ron Harrigal said.
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Five-ounce silver bullion versions of the coin will be made available on Nov. 30.
WNYT, the local NBC affiliate, took video of the ceremony. It can be viewed below.