The Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter represented the fifth and final release of the America the Beautiful Quarters series for the year and the thirtieth release of the series overall.
The site was selected to represent the state of New York. Originally, the governor and a Senator of New York sought to depict Niagara Falls on New York’s quarter. The United States Mint did not follow their recommendation since Niagara Falls was a state park. In order to be eligible for selection in the America the Beautiful Quarter program, areas must be under the management, conservatorship, or protection of a federal entity.
The reverse design of the coin features a close-up depiction of the General John Burgoyne surrendering his sword to General Horatio Gates, a turning point many believe marked the beginning of the end of the American Revolutionary War. The inscriptions read “British Surrender 1777”, “Saratoga”, “New York”, “2015”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Barbara Fox and engraved by Renata Gordon.
On the obverse of the coin is the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The obverse inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Liberty”, the motto “In God We Trust”, and the denomination “Quarter Dollar”.
The Saratoga National Park Quarter was released for general circulation on November 16, 2015. Prior to this date, the coin had been released within various numismatic products offered by the United States Mint such as the annual proof and uncirculated coin sets. On November 30, the US Mint would also offer bags and rolls containing circulating quality versions of the quarters struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities. Finally, five ounce silver versions of the coin were released in bullion and numismatic qualities.
The total circulation mintage for the Saratoga Quarters reached 223,000,000 pieces stuck at the Philadelphia Mint and 215,800,000 pieces struck at the Denver Mint.
About Saratoga National Historical Park
The federal government incorporated Saratoga National Historical Park into the national parks system in 1938. When this decision was made by Congress, they ensured that an important area and battlefield from the American Revolutionary War would remain unspoiled so that future generations could reflect on its significance.
Originally, the area was recognized as a New York State historic preserve in 1927, as it marks the spot where, in 1777, American forces were met with the much better equipped British army in a heated battle. Although the Americans were merely revolutionary colonists, they managed to defeat the British forces on that battlefield, successfully forcing the British officers to surrender as a result.
This key victory won the American troops the respect of the French government, which officially recognized them as an independent nation and became allies of the American army. Saratoga National Historical Park contains many monuments and historic houses where visitors can imagine what it must have felt like to be a soldier on that momentous day. Artifacts from the battlefields are also on display in the park’s unique museum.