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1,200+ Attend Release Event for American Memorial Park Quarter

GARAPAN, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands—United States Mint (Mint) Director David J. Ryder joined citizens of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) today to launch the new America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin honoring American Memorial Park.

The 133-acre park is a tribute to the thousands of American and Marianas people who perished during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. Three distinct locations within the park pay tribute to the lives lost: the Memorial Court of Honor and Flag Circle, the Marianas Memorial (dedicated to the indigenous people who died), and the carillon.

Ryder Attendees of the April 30, 2019, ceremony to launch the American Memorial Park quarter in Garapan, Saipan, were treated to pre-event Carolinian and Chamarro performances. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.

The reverse (tails) design of the quarter honoring the site depicts a young woman in traditional attire at a front of the Flag Circle and Court of Honor. She is resting her hand on a plaque containing text that honors the sacrifice of those who died in the Marianas Campaign of World War II. Inscriptions on the quarter are “AMERICAN MEMORIAL PARK,” “N. MARIANA ISLANDS,” “2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Director Ryder noted the significance of the American Memorial Park quarter design in his remarks to the crowd. “The American liberation of the Northern Mariana Islands hastened the end of the war, but came at a price of thousands of casualties,” Director Ryder remarked. “May this quarter stand as a tribute to the memories this park preserves.”

U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder (right), presents American Memorial Park quarters struck on the first day of production to Northern Mariana Islands Lieutenant Governor Arnold Palacios and Governor Ralph Anthony Deleon Guerrero Torres at the April 30 quarter launch ceremony in Garapan, Saipan. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.

CNMI Governor Ralph Torres, Lieutenant Governor Arnold Palacios, and park superintendent Barbara Alberti joined Mr. Ryder to celebrate the new quarter. Event highlights included the Mint’s customary coin forum the evening before the ceremony and coin exchange following the ceremony.

United States Mint Director David Ryder, Governor Ralph Torres, and American Memorial Park Superintendent Barbara Alberti, pass out new American Memorial Park quarters to children attending the launch ceremony April 30, 2019, in Garapan, Saipan. More than 1,000 school children attended, along with 200 other coin enthusiasts. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.

The United States Mint is offering products featuring the American Memorial Park quarter at its online catalog at https://catalog.usmint.gov/coin-programs/america-the-beautiful-quarters-program/. These products may also be purchased by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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