The United States Mint will join representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on November 15 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Charlestown, Rhode Island.
Ceremony participants include the Chariho High School Student Choir, students from Chariho Middle School, and members of Boy Scout Troop #15. Chris Costello, designer of the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter reverse (tails), will attend. Following the ceremony, $10 rolls of Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarters will be available for exchange.
The following individuals will be in attendance:
David Ryder, Director, United States Mint
Janet Coit, Director, Department of Environmental Management, on behalf of Governor Raimondo
James Kurth, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Charlie Vandemoer, Manager, Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge
Chris Costello, Designer, United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program
The event will be live streamed here. The live stream will also be available at the Block Island School so that all students can watch the ceremony in real-time.
Note: Parking for the event is located at Ninigret Park, Rte. 1A, Park Lane, Charlestown, RI 02813 (GPS Coordinates: 41.374504 -71.665873). Shuttles will be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and following the event. Dress warmly for outside tent event.
The United States Mint will host a coin forum the evening before the launch ceremony—Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5 to 6:30 p.m.—at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Kettle Pond Visitor Center. The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives, and express their views about future coinage.
The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter is the 45th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative that honors 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverses (tails sides) of the America the Beautiful quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.
Press release courtesy of the United States Mint.