Acadia National Park quarter to be released later this month

Posted June 05, 2012, at 4:05 p.m.
A new quarter coin commemorating Acadia National Park will be publicly released at a ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A new quarter coin commemorating Acadia National Park will be publicly released at a ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — First the states got the honor. Now the country’s national parks are getting the same recognition.

Acadia National Park is one of 56 national parks nationwide that are being featured on newly minted quarters, Acadia officials told the park’s citizen advisory commission on Monday. The park will hold a ceremony to mark the formal release of the 25-cent piece from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the parking lot of the visitors’ center in the Bar Harbor village of Hulls Cove.

The quarter featuring Acadia will have an engraving of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on one side with the words “Acadia” and “Maine” appearing at the edge along with the year and the motto “e pluribus unum.”

According to park officials, the U.S. Mint is expecting between 500 and 1,000 people to attend the ceremony. WCSH reporter Bill Greene is scheduled to emcee the event, which will include a talk by lighthouse historian Tim Harrison.

The First bank will handle distribution of the new coins. Collectors are limited to 400 quarters, or $100 per person.

Quarters featuring images of national parks were first issued in 2010. Five different designs, each representing a different national park, will be issued each year until all 56 designs have been released, park officials said.

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