Saratoga National Historical Park in New York is the fifth and last site honored in 2015 with a unique quarter design. It marks the 30th release from the United States Mint’s series of America the Beautiful Quarters, a program that started in 2010 and will commemorate 56 different national sites by its scheduled completion in 2021.
Several important dates for New York’s 2015 Saratoga Quarter include:
- its release into general circulation on Nov. 16, 2015;
- its official launch ceremony by the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service on Nov. 17, 2015; and
- its release in U.S. Mint-branded rolls and bags at http://www.usmint.gov on Nov. 30, 2015.
As part of the U.S. Mint’s program, five quarters are issued annually. Their obverse or heads sides are common, sharing John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington. The other side always has a unique design emblematic of the national park or national site commemorated.
Designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the reverse side of the Saratoga Quarter depicts a close-up of the moment General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword to General Horatio Gates, a turning point that marked the beginning of the end of the American Revolutionary War.
The quarter launch ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, at Schuylerville High School.
The U.S. Mint will also host a coin forum at the Saratoga Town Hall at 5:00 pm on November 16th for those who would like to learn more about the quarter and further initiatives.
Want to get your hands on this commemorative coin? Individuals can exchange cash for $10 rolls of newly minted Saratoga National Historical park quarters in the gymnasium at Schuylerville or following the event at Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company’s Schuylerville office.
This image was selected from among 10 design candidates, reviewed by Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the United States Commission of Fine Arts and eventually chosen by the Secretary of the Treasury. Around the scene are inscriptions reading, SARATOGA, NEW YORK, E PLURIBUS UNUM and 2015.
As the last quarter released in 2015, four others preceded it. These are the Homestead National Monument Quarter for Nebraska, the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter for Louisiana, the Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter for North Carolina, and the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter for Delaware.