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United States Mint Releases War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter

ASAN, Guam — United States Mint (Mint) Director David J. Ryder joined an enthusiastic crowd of seven hundred to celebrate the release of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring War in the Pacific National Historical Park. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio, and site superintendent Barbara Alberti joined Mr. Ryder for the free event.

War in the Pacific National Historical Park was established to commemorate the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those who participated in the Pacific Theater campaigns during World War II. The reverse (tails) design honoring the site depicts American forces coming ashore at Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops on the island in the fight for Guam and its eventual liberation. Inscriptions are “WAR IN THE PACIFIC,” “GUAM,” “2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Obverse of the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarter commemorating the War in the Pacific National Historical Park. (Image courtesy of the United States Mint)

Asan Bay Overlook is perhaps the most iconic memorial in the park. The Memorial Wall lists the military personnel and local residents who died or suffered atrocities during the Japanese occupation. In his remarks, Director Ryder noted, “The American liberation of Guam hastened the end of the war, but came at a price of thousands of casualties. May this quarter stand as a tribute to the memories this park preserves.”

United States Mint Director David Ryder presents War in the Pacific National Historical Park quarters struck on the first day of production to Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero during the May 3, 2019 launch ceremony in Asan, Guam. (U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike)

The Mint is releasing products featuring the War in the Pacific National Historical Park quarter design on June 3 at noon EDT. Orders will be accepted at the Mint’s online catalog at https://catalog.usmint.gov/coin-programs/america-the-beautiful-quarters-program/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

 

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