Members of the community are invited to the launch event for the quarter celebrating New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The new coin is the sixteenth quarter issued in the US Mint’s America the Beautiful series since it began in 2010 as well as the first Americathe Beautiful quarter in 2013. It is the first and only coin in the series to display an image from the White Mountain National Forest.
The launch event is open to the public and will be held at the Hanaway Theatre, located at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. It will be led by William Dauer, Forest Engineer for the White Mountain National Forest and will include brief presentations by Tom Wagner, Forest Supervisor for the White Mountain National Forest, Richard Peterson, Acting Director of the US Mint and Governor Maggie Hassan. Following these presentations, volunteers from the National Forest Service will hand out quarters and coin holders to children under 18.
Between 11:00 and 12:00, MVSB employees will also be on hand to assist customers in exchanging currency for rolls of the White Mountain National Forest quarters. Coins must be purchased and/or exchanged by roll ($10 per roll) with a maximum of 10 rolls ($100) per attendee.
New Hampshire’s 750,852 acre White Mountain National Forest is known for its mountainous terrain, scenic drives, rivers, lakes and wildlife. To capture these traits, the reverse of the new coin, designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, depicts Mount Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, framed by birch trees and surrounded by lakes and forest.
For more information about the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and launch events, please visit www.usmint.gov/events.