The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter represented the fourth release of the year and the twenty-ninth release overall for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This was the release representing the state of Delaware, the home state of Rep. Michael Castle, who introduced the legislation authorizing the new series of quarters.
The reverse design of the coin features a great blue heron in the foreground and great egret in the background. The inscriptions read “Bombay Hook”, “Delaware”, “2015”, and the motto “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of George Washington restored from the original work of John Flanagan in 1932. The inscriptions on the obverse read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
The original circulation release date for the Bombay Hook Quarter was September 14, 2015. Later that month on September 30, the United States Mint began sales of numismatic bags and rolls of circulating quality quarters struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco facilities. Uncirculated and proof versions of the coin were sold within annual set products offered by the Mint. Bullion and numismatic version of a five ounce silver version were also available.
The circulation mintage for the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter included 275,000,000 pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint and 206,400,000 pieces struck at the Denver Mint.
About Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
When the weather starts to get cooler, and the planet turns toward winter in the northern hemisphere, people typically comment on the fact that birds are flying south for the winter. But how many times have you stopped to think about where those birds actually stay and rest during their trip to the southern climates for the winter? Established by the federal government in the summer of 1937, the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware is one of the places that have been set aside as a resting and breeding ground for the many types of birds that pass over it during their yearly migrations.
The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is unique in that it’s almost sixteen thousand miles of protected areas that comprise one of the largest tracts of untouched tidal salt marsh in the entire mid-Atlantic region. The terrain of the Refuge is very flat, as you might expect from marsh land that is at most only ten feet above sea level. While this might not make for the most exciting hiking, it is perfect for the birds that are looking for a quiet place to rest and feed while they are on their long journeys.
One of the biggest problems that have resulted from beach front property development during the last few decades is that this valuable salt marsh habitats is being destroyed and birds and finding themselves without their familiar surroundings to breed. The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is part of a huge chain of similar refuges that extend from the shores of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.