Towards the end of 2015, the United States Mint issued the latest state Quarter Dollar in its National Park series.
York’s National Park Quarter is particularly
As one would expect, most national parks featured on the quarters in this series are ones that have been designated for their natural beauty or significance, but a few, such as
Pennsylvania’s , are preserved for
their historical significance. The Gettysburg
National Park Quarter is an example of the latter. Empire State
The reverse of
York’s National Park Quarter features the . The park is the site of the main action of
the Battle of Saratoga, which was the largest battle of the War of American
Independence and the turning point of the Revolution. The American victory at Saratoga National
Historic Park Saratoga
induced the French to recognize the independence of the Thirteen American
States and to make an alliance with them and declare war on the United Kingdom. French assistance to the Americans was
critical for them to win the Revolutionary War.
The words “
York” and “ Saratoga”
on the quarter’s reverse indicate the state and park, respectively, but instead
of a scene from the battlefield as it appears today, the device commemorates
the outcome of the battle. It features the
arm of a fancily-attired British officer handing over his saber to a more
plainly-clad American Continental soldier, which underscores the seemingly-improbably
outcome of the war in which the unorganized and inexperienced Americans
defeated the most professional and powerful armed forces in the world. Underneath the device is the legend “British
It is hoped that the Mint’s National Park Quarter Dollar series will lead more Americans to visit these national parks and to conserve them and to learn more about them and, especially, about American history.