Approximately 350 people, including 30 children, converged on Ellis
Island Aug. 30 for the U.S. Mint’s official launch ceremony for the
2017 Ellis Island National Monument quarter dollar.
The coin is the 39th of 56 to be released under the America the
Beautiful Quarters Program.
Each of the children in attendance received a free 2017-P quarter
dollar inside a Mint-monogrammed case.
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Approximately 25 people attended a coin forum during which they
could provide comments to and receive feedback from U.S. Mint senior
advisor Todd Baldau on U.S. Mint coin programs.
Bank of America exchanged U.S. quarter dollar rolls for cash
totaling $18,400, at the rate $10 per 40-coin roll.
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The new quarter dollar entered general circulation through the
Federal Reserve Banks and their participating financial institutions
on Aug. 28, the same day the U.S. Mint began offering circulation
quality examples of the quarter dollars in 100-coin bags and 40-coin
rolls from production at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints.
Although the San Francisco Mint coins are struck in circulation
quality, only the coins struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints
are released into general circulation.
Barbara Fox, the U.S. Mint’s Artistic
Infusion Program artist who designed the Ellis Island coin, was
on hand to be recognized for her contribution and to sign her
autograph for collectors and others in attendance. Some collectors had
Fox sign the paper wrappers on the rolled coins they obtained during
the coin exchange after the ceremony.
Fox’s reverse design, which depicts an immigrant family approaching
Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty, was sculptured by
U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.