The Saratoga Quarter was part of the highest United States Mint coin production in 14 years. This is the highest number of US coins struck for circulation than in any year since 2001, according to production data the agency. This all based on an article in Coin News.
Mintages for the Saratoga quarter are 215.8 million from Denver and 220.6 million from Philadelphia for a combined 436.4 million. That’s the lowest of the five quarters for 2015 but it still ranks seventh highest in the thirty America the Beautiful Quarters released since the series start in 2010.
Saratoga quarters entered circulation beginning on Nov. 16 and the U.S. Mint began selling rolls and bags of them on Nov. 30.
The mintage for the America the Beautiful Quarters are Homestead National Monument of America Quarter 463,000,000, Kisatchie National Forest Quarter 776,800,000, Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter 830,800,000,
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter 487,200,000, and
Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter 436,400,000.
The Saratoga Quarter is an example of an effort to honor those who died or were wounded in service to their country and the causes for which they made their sacrifices. The United States Mint and the National Park Service launched the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Saratoga National Historical Park on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Schuylerville High School.
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 actions in the Town of Saratoga have contributed to the shared American identity and an evolving sense of patriotism. The Saratoga Quarter is just one example of a long tradition to honor the sacrifices of our forefathers and commemorate the American victory at Saratoga.
“One hundred years ago, on this spot, American Independence was made a great fact in the history of nations. Until the surrender of the British
army under Burgoyne, the declaration of Independence was but a declaration. It was a patriotic purpose asserted in bold words by brave men, who pledged for its maintenance their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. But on this ground it was made a fact, by virtue of armed force. It had been regarded by the world merely as an act of defiance, but it was now seen that it contained the germs of a government, which the event we now celebrate made one of the powers of the earth. Here rebellion was made revolution. Upon this ground, that which had in the eye of the law been treason, became triumphant patriotism.”
– ADDRESS OF HON. HORATIO SEYMOUR
Celebration at Schuylerville, October 17, 1877