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Event to Commemorate Hawai`i Volcanoes Quarter

August 6, 2012, 3:44 PM HST
* Updated August 7, 10:44 AM
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Already prominent among Big Island residents, Kilauea volcano will soon receive much wider circulation among other Americans.

Literally.

The US Mint is poised to release its latest version of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program which features an engraved image of an eruption on the Big Island volcano’s East Rift Zone.

Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park will commemorate the event with a celebration at the park’s Kahua Hula located on Crater Rim Drive south of the visitor center. Scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m.on Wednesday, Aug. 29, the event is free but park entrance fees apply.

The Hawai`i Volcanoes’ quarter designed by sculptor-engraver Charles L. Vickers is the fourth of 2012, and the 14th in the series of 56 America the Beautiful Quarters. The reverse (tails) side designs are symbolic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and five US territories.

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All of the coins in the program have a common obverse (heads) side featuring a portrait of George Washington.

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As part of the event, HFS Federal Credit Union will provide $10 rolls of uncirculated commemorative quarters via exchange.

“This highly collectible quarter is a significant milestone for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, for the residents of Hawai‘i,  and for the Hawai‘i Island destination,” Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said in a statement. “Now everyone carry a reminder of Hawai‘i’s first World Heritage Site in their pocket.”

Representatives of the US Mint, the governor’s office and the state’s congressional delegation will participate in the event.

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