United States Mint, National Park Service launch America the Beautiful Quarters® Coin honoring Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

 The United States Mint and the National Park Service joined state and local officials in the village of Put-In-Bay Saturday for the launch of the latest America the Beautiful Quarters coin, which honors Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The quarter pays tribute to the memorial which honors Master Commandant Oliver Perry’s decisive naval victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 and celebrates the lasting peace among Britain, Canada, and the United States.

“Today we celebrate a national park that is small in acreage but significant in American history, a memorial to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, a piece of Ohio and American heritage in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty,” said United States Mint Acting Associate Director for Sales and Marketing J. Marc Landry.  “It is easy to see why the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial was chosen to be part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.”   

Cakes by Sue Thwait for the launch party at Put-in-Bay. Photo by Jeff Koehler

Landry and memorial Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky were joined by special guests U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur; Put-in-Bay Mayor Ruth Scarpelli; and President/General Manager Greg Peiffer of WPIB/WPCR radio, who served as master of ceremonies. After the launch event, attendees were able to purchase $10 rolls of newly minted Perry’s Victory quarters. 

The Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial quarter is the 17th coin released in the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The Mint also has available for sale silver bullion coins that are duplicates of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters. The bullion coins are made of .999 fine silver and have a diameter of three inches and weigh five ounces. Uncirculated quality (collector) versions are also available. The Mint’s online catalogue is General circulation Perry’s Victory quarters are available at local banks. 

Landry, who is also plant manager of the Philadelphia Mint, the largest mint in the world, also hosted a coin forum on Friday evening at Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center in Port Clinton. Local residents and numismatists (those who study and collect coins) gathered to discuss U.S. coinage and learn about United States Mint coin programs and initiatives. Collectors from around the country were in town the coin launch and forum. 

U.S. Mint’s Marc Landry with American Eagle proof silver dollar

From the forum

To learn the value of collectable coins

Coin World, the weekly magazine that is widely regarded as the world’s premium resource for coin and paper money collectors, is headquartered in Ohio. Several of the Sydney-based magazine’s staff were in attendance at the forum and launch. 

News Editor Bill Gibbs grew up in Castalia and studied journalism at Bowling Green State University. Gibbs started collecting coins when he was 10 years old and subscribed to Coin World. After graduating with a degree in journalism at Bowling Green State University, Gibbs “landed my dream job (with Coin World), combining my interests in coins and journalism.”

To give a collectible coin as a gift: 

There are many gift options, cards and sets available from the U.S. Mint.  Landry recommends “The American Eagle proof silver dollar. It is a beautiful coin.” A proof coin is one that used to be struck as a sample, but now is struck in greater numbers for collectors. The molds are specially prepared and the coins have sharper edges and more polished, mirror-like surfaces. The manufacturing process is slow and meticulous.

To learn or teach more about coin collecting:

Coin World’s Jeff Starck says that the American the Beautiful quarters are a great way “to introduce the national lands to those who own them.” Starck, whose specialty is international coins and currency, said, “Coins are like history in your hands. They combine components of art, history and economics.You can see the fortunes and fames of rulers throughout history in coins.” The size and composition of coins often change as a country’s fortunes rise and fall. 

Information for kids and lesson plans are available for the America the Beautiful coins at The Mint is actively working on programs to create products that appeal to young collectors. 

To submit a design for a coin:

The Mint is currently conducting a design contest for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame coin. There is an adult and a children’s contest. 

How much does it cost to make a penny?

It costs 1.83 cents to make a penny. 66 % of all coins the Mint makes are pennies. Nickels also cost more to make than their face value. Other coins help to make up for deficit, so the Mint is profitable. 

Why haven’t dollar coins been more popular?

It is Landry’s opinion that “dollar coins won’t be used until or if the dollar bill is discontinued.”

How is the coin business doing in this economy?

Participants at the forum agreed that the coin business is thriving and setting records. Recently, one coin sold for a record $10 million. That 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar is thought to be the first ever silver dollar struck in the United States.



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Terra Choral Society celebrates 10 years with two concerts


The Terra Choral Society will celebrate its 10th anniversary with concerts in Port Clinton and Clyde later this month.

“Music That Changed the World” will feature musical highlights from the group’s last 10 years, as well as performances by the Terra Children’s Choir. The concert includes selections from the Choral Society’s masterwork concerts, music of the stage and screen performances, patriotic tribute program, dramatic presentations and much more. 

Michael J. Shirtz is the conductor of the Terra Choral Society and also director of the Terra Chamber Arts Orchestra. Traci Newsome will conduct the Terra Children’s Choir at the concerts. 

“This event will be a perfect blend of the most time-honored classics and a wonderful experience for the whole family,” Shirtz said. 

The concerts are:

  • Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. – Port Clinton Performing Arts Center, 821 Jefferson St., Port Clinton
  • Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. – Clyde High School Performing Arts Center, 1015 Race St., Clyde

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Terra State College Store or at the door the night of the performance.  

Call 419-559-2233 for more information.



Chris Galvin Technology Conference Center dedicated

On Wednesday, April 17, at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton, on an evening when United Way of Ottawa County recognized and honored their community campaign contributors, corporate campaign supporters and Individuals who made exceptional contributions to United Way in 2012, there was one surprise presentation, to Chris Galvin, Director of Ottawa County United Way.


Updated workplace guide from Port Clinton-based expert

An updated workplace guide, announced this week, describes the tax, productivity, and other benefits of adding the missing link to employee benefit packages: long-term care insurance. Titled “Long Term Care Outreach and Education Program,” the 12-page guide is published by LTC Financial Partners.

"For many organizations, the tax advantages alone can make a difference of hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, depending on their size," says John Cullen, an LTC specialist with LTC Financial Partners, which maintains offices in Port Clinton. “Our updated guide explains why.”

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