The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter was formally released April 11 at a special ceremony in Red Cliff, Wis.
“Just as the guiding light beacons from the Devils Island lighthouse – as it has done for decades – the Apostle Islands quarter will serve as a shining example of the inherent value of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and the people who protect it and frequent it … shedding light on its splendor, beauty and purpose, for future generations to follow,” said Marc Landry, Acting Associate Director of the Mint’s Numismatic and Bullion Directorate.
He spoke before a gathering of more than 500 people. Among these were 200 schoolchildren at Legendary Waters Resort for the festivities that included performances by the Bayfield High School Choir, Red Cliff Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wiigwaam Express, Red Cliff Youth Drum Group, and the Washburn High School Jazz Band.
Former Bayfield mayor Larry MacDonald served as master of ceremonies.
Guest speakers included Rick Peterson, Tribal Chairman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Mike Wiggins, Tribal Chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Henry Buffalo, Elder of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and descendant of Chief Buffalo; and Bob Krumenaker, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore superintendent.
After the formalities, members of the public could buy $10 rolls of new quarters for face value. Those who buy them from the Mint will pay a higher price.
Visit www.usmint.gov for more information.
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