Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 21, 2016
The United States Mint will join the National Forest Service to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Shawnee National Forest Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. Central Time (CT). The ceremony will be held at the Southeastern Illinois College Deaton Gymnasium in Harrisburg, IL. Invited guests include U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin, U.S. Congressman Mike Bost, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. The free event will conclude with a coin exchange, where the public can trade cash for $10 rolls of newly minted Shawnee National Forest quarters.
WHAT: Shawnee National Forest Quarter Launch Ceremony and Coin Exchange
WHO: Dean Bidle, Program Manager–Numismatic Packaging Planning, United States Mint
Allen Nicholas, Supervisor, Shawnee National Forest
Matt Rice, District Director for U.S. Congressman Mike Bost
Deb Detmers, District Director for Congressman John Shimkus
Ben Barnes, Second Chief, Shawnee Tribe
George Blanchard, Representative, Eastern Shawnee Tribe
Cindy Cain, Executive Director, Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau
Todd Carr, President, Southernmost Illinois Tourism
INVITED: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell
Bruce Rauner, Governor, State of Illinois
WHEN: 10 a.m. CT, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
WHERE: Southeastern Illinois College
3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
The United States Mint will host a coin forum the evening before the launch ceremony—5–6 p.m. (CT) Wednesday, Feb. 3—at Shawnee National Forest Headquarters, 50 Highway 145 South, Harrisburg, IL 62946. The coin forum is an opportunity for members of the public to express their views about future coinage, and learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.
The quarter honoring Shawnee National Forest is the 31st release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative to honor 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.
- B-roll of the Shawnee National Forest quarter is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj1KS6cWmkU.
- An interview with Shawnee National Forest quarter Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz is available at
- A digital image of the Shawnee National Forest quarter is available at http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?action=photo#AmericaTheBeautiful.
- Information about Shawnee National Forest is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee.
- Additional information about the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is available at http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb/.
- Information about the United States Mint is available at http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/.
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