Ceremony marks new Hawaii volcano quarter
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) - The United States Mint has unveiled a new quarter depicting a Hawaii volcano eruption.
A ceremony was held Wednesday at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where the public was able to exchange cash for $10 rolls of the newly minted coins. U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was among those who attended.
An image depicting an eruption on the east rift of Kilauea volcano is the fourth coin in the United States Mint's "America the Beautiful Quarters Program."
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was the 11th national park created in the country. The Big Island's Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983.
The quarter is designed and sculpted by artist Charles Vickers.
"We had about 500 people attend, despite the light drizzle, an amazing turn out! Folks aren't on Hawaii Island to get their park quarters from HFS Federal Credit Union, they can order them on the US Mint website http://www.usmint.gov/," said Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.
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