The War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter was the forty-eighth overall release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The site represents the territory of Guam and was federally designated on August 18, 1978.
The reverse design portrays American forces coming ashore at Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops on the island in the fight for Guam and its eventual liberation. The inscriptions read “War in the Pacific”, “Guam”, “2019”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.
The War in the Pacific Quarter was officially released for circulation on June 3, 2019. The Denver Mint struck 114,400,000 and the Philadelphia Mint struck 116,600,000 coins for circulation. The West Point Mint also struck 2,000,000 coins for release into circulation in order to inspire interest in coin collecting.
War in the Pacific Quarter Mintages
- 2019-D War in the Pacific Quarter: 114,400,000
- 2019-P War in the Pacific Quarter: 116,600,000
- 2019-W War in the Pacific Quarter: 2,000,000
War in the Pacific Quarter Specifications
- Designers: John Flanagan (obverse), Joel Iskowitz (reverse)
- Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
- Diameter: 24.26 mm
- Weight: 5.67 grams
- Thickness: 1.75 mm
- Edge: Reeded
About War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Although the European theater is the one that people most often think of when they consider the battles and countries that were involved in World War II, some of the most significant battles were actually fought in the Pacific theater, which was closer to Japan, one of the most threatening Axis Powers. Many soldiers were sent to these tropical islands with no prior knowledge of the people and cultures that they would encounter there. While many of these island peoples acted as our allies throughout the course of the war, they were often caught up in the crossfire, and as a result many gave their lives in a fight that did not directly involve them. War in the Pacific National Historical Park is set up to serve as a constant reminder of this sacrifice.
Officially recognized as a place of historical value by the federal government in August of 1978, the War in the Pacific National Historical Park is very unique, in that it is one of the only World War II memorials that honor the joint efforts of soldiers from all of the nations involved, including United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, France, China, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the Soviet Union. The War in the Pacific National Historical Park includes a massive memorial to those who died while in service in the Pacific Theater; the Memorial Wall which is inscribed with the names of the over sixteen thousand soldiers who gave their lives during the war. Another important purposed of the park is to help preserve the precious coral reefs that surround Guam.