The official launch ceremony for the 2012 Acadia National Park
quarter dollar will be held June 26 at the park’s Hulls Cove Visitor
Center in Bar Harbor, Maine.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
A coin forum conducted by representatives of the U.S. Mint will be
held the evening of June 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the visitor
center’s auditorium. U.S. Mint officials will update those in
attendance on current and upcoming programs, and field questions.
After the formal ceremony June 26, the Bar Harbor branch of The
First, N.A. bank, www.thefirst.com/, will handle the
coin exchange, during which collectors and the public may exchange
cash for $10 face value rolls of 2012-P Acadia National Park quarter dollars.
Collectors will be limited to 400 quarter dollars, or $100 face
value per person.
To coincide with the quarter dollar launch ceremony, the U.S. post
office in Bar Harbor will be offering a special postmark between noon
and 4:30 p.m., when rolls of quarter dollars bearing 45 cents in
postage may be postally canceled with the special postmark.
To get the special postmark on an envelope after June 26, send a
self-addressed, stamped envelope to Postmaster, 55 Cottage St., Bar
Harbor, ME 04609-9998. Coin rolls will not be accepted through the
mail. The postmark will be available for 30 days.
The 2012 Acadia National Park quarter dollar is the 13th release
of a scheduled 56 in the series honoring national parks and historic
sites in the 50 states, District of Columbia and the five U.S.
territories. The coin was officially released into circulation through
the Federal Reserve on June 11.
June 11 was also the opening day of sales by the U.S. Mint of
circulation-quality 2012 Acadia National Park quarter dollars in
100-coin bags and 40-coin rolls from the Denver and Philadelphia Mints.
The quarter dollar’s reverse design depicts a view of the Bar
Harbor Head Lighthouse and Acadia’s rough coastline. The design was
created by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer
Barbara Fox and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Joseph F.
Menna, a member of the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff stationed at the
Tim Harrison, lighthouse historian, will deliver remarks during
the June 26 ceremony.
2012 America the Beautiful quarter dollars representing Hawai’i
Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park in Alaska
are scheduled to be released into circulation through the Federal
Reserve beginning Aug. 27 and Nov. 5, respectively.
No information has yet been released by the U.S. Mint on official
launch ceremonies for the Hawaii and Alaska quarter dollars. ■