SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The United States Mint unveiled the new Saratoga National Historical Park quarter on Tuesday.
The new coin was presented in front of thousands of people in the auditorium of Schuylerville High School.
The quarter is the 30th release in “America the Beautiful Quarters” program. The head side is the famous 1932 portrait of George Washington, and the tail side depicts the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War.
“General Burgoyne, the British general giving his sword over to the American commander Horatio Gates, and that really was remarkable because it’s not just the British surrendering, it was the first time in history that a British army had ever surrendered,” Saratoga National Historical Park Historian Eric Schnitzer said. “That never happened before.”
This quarter’s program is a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.
“We could have 30 or 40 designs that actually have to be looked at to the point where we get to a small enough quantity that have two federal committees to look at the designs, and then make comments and come up with preferences,” U.S. Mint Quality Manager Ron Harrigal said.
After the ceremony, people were able to buy the quarters for an exchange of $10 cash for each roll.
The Saratoga National Historical Park if the fifth of 2015 and the thirtieth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program