SULPHUR, Oklahoma:   Chickasaw National Recreation Area invites all interested people to join the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the ceremonial launch of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area quarter, the tenth coin to be released in the exciting new America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

 

The festivities will begin with a coin forum held by the United States Mint at 7 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the Travertine Nature Center Auditorium at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The forum is open to the public and is an opportunity for collectors and interested citizens to inquire about United States Mint products and programs. 

 

The ceremonial release of the newest quarter will be held in Flower Park at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. (CT) (Murray County Expo in the event of inclement weather).    At the ceremonial release, the park will recognize the recent National Historic Landmark designation of Platt National Park (expanded and renamed Chickasaw National Recreation Area in 1976) with the presentation of a National Historic Landmark plaque.

A quarter exchange will be held immediately following the program where visitors may exchange a one-roll minimum ($10) or up to a 10-roll maximum ($100) for the equivalent value in new quarters. Children 18 years old and younger may receive a new quarter to commemorate the event.     

 

These are both great opportunities to get more involved and engaged with your community as you commemorate the unique historical significance of Chickasaw National Recreation Area. 

The reverse (tails side) design of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area quarter depicts a view of Lincoln Bridge with Travertine Creek flowing underneath the bridge in the background.   Built in 1909, construction specifications required that the bridge be strong enough to hold up to the stress of a “four horse team at full gallop” across the span of the bridge.

 

For more information about the quarter launch ceremony and forum, or to learn more about Chickasaw National Recreation Area, check  www.nps.gov/chic/ or call the Travertine Nature Center, 580-622-7234.

 

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