United States Mint and National Park Service to Launch America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin Honoring Ellis Island on Aug. 30

WHAT: The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program

The event includes a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly-minted Ellis Island quarters after the ceremony. Barbara Fox, designer of the quarter’s reverse, will be available for interviews before the ceremony.


  • Todd Baldau, Senior Advisor, United States Mint
  • John Hnedak, Deputy Superintendent, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Zach McCue, Projects Director for U.S. Senator Cory Booker
  • Erica Daughtrey, Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Albio Sires
  • Dave Krolak, Master of Ceremonies
  • Janis Calella, President, Save Ellis Island

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 11 a.m. ET


Ellis Island
Flagpole Area
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(Ferries leave from Liberty State Park, NJ or Battery Park, NYC. Ferry fee applies.)

After the ceremony, the United States Mint will host a coin forum 12:30 p.m. (ET), at the Ellis Island Flagpole Area. The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to learn about upcoming coin programs and initiatives, and express their views about future coinage.

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative that honors 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverses (tails sides) of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.

Public Buying Gold On North Korea News

(Beaumont, Texas) August 9, 2017 — “There’s been a lot of gold buying by the public since Tuesday. Gold coin purchases by collectors, investors and dealers are up dramatically this week. We’ve seen an increase of about 40 percent in gold coin sales this week compared to typical weeks,” said Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion, Inc. ( in Beaumont, Texas.

“With the stock market reacting negatively to North Korea-related news, we’re seeing people liquidating some of their stocks and allocating more funds in gold. I’m hearing this from my customer service staff and from other dealers large and small across the country,” explained Fuljenz.

In his weekly Metals Market Report issued this past Tuesday morning, Fuljenz predicted: “…some unexpected international event could send gold soaring quickly – no matter what the dollar does – and such a moment may be brewing in North Korea.” A short time later, following President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning, gold prices began to jump.

Fuljenz also advised: “If gold prices sharply rise from tensions with North Korea, watch for the U.S. rare coin market to also jump. Sharply higher gold prices have been the primary reason for past rare coin bull markets where prices rise 100% to 1000% in only a few years.”

About Michael Fuljenz:
Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals. A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas, and is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and a PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer.

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