Aug. 30 Mint ceremony officially launches Ellis Island quarter

2017 coin is the 39th of 56 to be released in America the Beautiful Quarters Program
By , Coin World
Published : 09/01/17
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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.

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