At an event in Asan, Guam, United States Mint Director David J. Ryder announced the release of the latest America The Beautiful Quarter. The War in The Pacific National Historical Park, which is in the United States Territorial island, is a place of remembrance and to honor those who fought, suffered atrocities, or died in World War II during the Japanese occupation of the Island.
War in the Pacific National Historical Park was established to commemorate the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those who participated in the Pacific Theater campaigns during World War II. The reverse (tails) design honoring the site depicts American forces coming ashore at Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops on the island in the fight for Guam and its eventual liberation. Inscriptions are “WAR IN THE PACIFIC,” “GUAM,” “2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
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Asan Bay Overlook is perhaps the most iconic memorial in the park. The Memorial Wall lists the military personnel and local residents who died or suffered atrocities during the Japanese occupation. In his remarks, Director Ryder noted, “The American liberation of Guam hastened the end of the war, but came at a price of thousands of casualties. May this quarter stand as a tribute to the memories this park preserves.”
The War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter is the 48th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program. In all, there will be 56 Quarters released as part of the 12-year program. Each year, five new Quarters as part of the program are released.
The Mint has not started selling the War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter yet. That won’t happen until June 3, 2019. There will be a 3-coin set available for $9.95 as well as rolls and bags sets.