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Cumberland Island coin launch events start this week

The United States Mint and the National Park Service will be launching the America the Beautiful Program coin commemorating the Cumberland Island National Seashore.

There will be two events honoring the coin launch. On August 29, there will be a coin forum held at Howard Gilman Memorial Park at 6 p.m. in St. Marys. Games and other events will take place at the forum. On August 30 at 10 a.m., a launch ceremony will take place at the Camden County High School Auditorium in Kingsland. Both events are free and open to the public.

Event highlights include performances by Camden County High School band ensemble and premier choral group, Volume One, a ceremonial coin pour, and an exchange of $10 rolls of newly minted Cumberland Island National Seashore quarters after the ceremony. Donna Weaver, designer of the quarter, will attend.

Who else will be in attendance?

• United States Mint Acting Deputy Director David Croft
• Andrew Blascovich, Senior Field Representative for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
• Emmitt Nolan, Caseworker, Field Representative for U.S Congressman Buddy Carter
• Cumberland Island National Seashore Superintendent Gary Ingram
• United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Donna Weaver
• Camden County High School Students Jalen Johnson and Nicole Thompson, Masters of Ceremonies

The Cumberland Island National Seashore quarter is the 44th 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.

Video of an interview Don Everhart sculptor of the Cumberland Island National Seashore quarter design.


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