Remember when the federal government gave every state its own quarter? Well now West Virginia is getting a second one! (Kinda.)
The U.S. Mint is releasing five new quarters as part of the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Program and one will feature Harper’s Ferry.
Because West Virginia is awesome. Here’s what the new quarter will look like:
The design features “a modern depiction of the building we call John Brown’s Fort,” said Autumn Cook, social media specialist for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
It is the site of his last stand during a raid in Harpers Ferry and is still open to the public in the lower part of town.
Brown is best known for his 19th century abolitionist role, and efforts to violently overthrow slavery in the nation that led to his unsuccessful raid on the Harpers Ferry federal armory on Oct. 16, 1859. He was found guilty of murder and hanged on December 2, 1859 in Charles Town.
The other (less awesome) places getting new quarters this year: Shawnee National Forest, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument. Fifty six new quarters will be released as a part of the program.
Come celebrate the quarter’s release on June 8!
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will host a community celebration on June 8 for debut of the new quarter. It’s free!
Everyone 18 and younger will receive a new quarter free following the ceremony and quarters will be available to be purchased by the roll.
There will also be a tent offering a workshop with the coin’s designer geared toward kids, youth art displays, photo opportunities, and other activities for children.
Approximately 200 area youth are slated to participate in the official release ceremony—including a high school marching band—which will feature former professional basketball player as well as Olympic gold and bronze medal winner Vicky Bullet as emcee.
“There’s also a special way we will be launching the coin, called a coin pour, but it’s going to be a surprise so I can’t say too much about it. Every park and site has done it differently, so we are really excited about our surprise for here,” she said.