The U.S. Mint launched the 2015 Saratoga National Historical Park quarter today at a ceremony in Schuylerville, NY. The release of the Saratoga quarter into circulation marks this year’s fifth and final issue in the America the Beautiful quarters series.
The event took place at Schuylerville High School, with attendees including U.S. Mint Acting Quality Manager Ron Harrigal, Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Barbara Fox (who designed of the coin’s reverse), Saratoga National Historical Park Superintendent Amy Bracewell, and hundreds of schoolchildren.
According to a Mint press release, Harrigal said of the new issue, “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.” After the ceremony, members of the public were given the opportunity to exchange cash for rolls of the new quarter.
The reverse of the Saratoga National Historic Park quarter features a depiction of British General John Burgoyne’s surrender to American General Horatio Gates at the Battle of Saratoga in the fall of 1777. The victory is remembered as a turning point in the Revolutionary War, giving the Americans critical momentum in their battle for Independence. Inscribed in the field beside the image is BRITISH SURRENDER 1777, with SARATOGA, NEW YORK, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM placed along the rim.
The obverse features John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington, with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, QUARTER DOLLAR, and a mint mark.
Numismatic products containing the new quarter will be available from the U.S. Mint beginning November 30. The next coin released in the ATB series will be the Shawnee National Forest quarter, which has its launch event scheduled for Thursday, February 4, at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois.
For more information on the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful quarters program, please visit the U.S. Mint’s Web site.