HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii: It was a rainy day on Kilauea for the United States Mint’s ceremonial launch of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Special guest U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye was on hand for the event. The senator was joined by David Croft, plant manager at the United States Mint at Denver.
The event also featured hula – performed in the soaking rain at the park’s Kahua Hula.
After the ceremony, the public had a chance to line up to be the first to exchange their bills for $10 rolls of the new quarters, which have a huge appeal to collectors.
The image on the back of the coin depicts an eruption on the east rift of Kilauea.
Its the 14th quarter to be released in the America the Beautiful Quarters program. Each year, five new quarters are issued by the U.S. Mint, depicting national sites on the reverse side. The final coin release will be in 2021.
According to park superintendent Cindy Orlando, the coin ceremony coincides with a number of important milestones for the National Park.