Saratoga County

Quarter to spotlight ‘turning point’ Saratoga battles

The next quarter coming from the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful national parks series — which iss
The next quarter coming from the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful national parks series will feature the Saratoga National Historic Park.
The next quarter coming from the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful national parks series will feature the Saratoga National Historic Park.

Heads up, coin collectors and national park buffs: The next collectible U.S. quarter will have a historic local connection.

The next quarter coming from the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful national parks series — which issues coins five times a year — will feature the Saratoga National Historic Park, where the “turning point” battles of the American Revolution were fought.

The back — or “tails” — side of the coin depicts a close-up of the moment British Gen. Johnny Burgoyne surrendered his sword to American Gen. Horatio Gates, an event that occurred in Schuylerville, a few miles north of where the battles were fought. The coin’s inscriptions say “BRITISH SURRENDER 1777,” “SARATOGA,” “NEW YORK” and “2015.”

“This crucial American victory renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world,” according to the U.S. Mint’s summary.

The national park includes the battlefield in Stillwater, the victory monument in the village of Victory and the restored country house of American Gen. Philip Schuyler in Schuylerville. It was established as a national historic park in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

A U.S. Mint spokeswoman said production of the coin — which was designed by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Barbara Fox — will depend on demand. Production of the last coin, featuring the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, totaled 830 million coins.

“We’re delighted to have been chosen,” said Gina Johnson, a spokeswoman for the national park. “We’re very lucky, because there are more than 400 national parks.”

The Saratoga quarter is the U.S. Mint’s 30th release in what will be a 12-year initiative to honor national parks and historic sites in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. The America the Beautiful series followed a series of quarters that honored each of the 50 states.

The new quarters go into circulation Nov. 17, and the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service will officially unveil the coin at a public event at 9:30 a.m. that day at Schuylerville High School. After the ceremony, Glens Falls National Bank will hold a “quarter exchange” at which cash can be swapped for rolls of the new quarters, with a one-roll minimum and 10-roll maximum.

The evening before, the U.S. Mint will host a coin forum at 5 p.m. at Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring St.

Once released, the coin will be available for collectors to buy and also go into general circulation. Friends of Saratoga Battlefield will be selling commemorative sets as a fundraiser.

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