Federal Officials Launch New Del. Quarter Honoring State's Natur - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Federal Officials Launch New Del. Quarter Honoring State's Nature

Posted: Updated:
Young student holds freshly minted quarter bearing design honoring Delaware's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: WBOC) Young student holds freshly minted quarter bearing design honoring Delaware's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: WBOC)
New quarter bearing design honoring Delaware's Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC) New quarter bearing design honoring Delaware's Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC)
A father takes photos of his two daughters holding their first brand new quarter honoring Delaware's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC) A father takes photos of his two daughters holding their first brand new quarter honoring Delaware's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC)
Delaware Sen. Chris Coons gives remarks at ceremony launching Delaware's new minted quarter bearing design that honors the state's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC) Delaware Sen. Chris Coons gives remarks at ceremony launching Delaware's new minted quarter bearing design that honors the state's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC)

SMYRNA, Del. -- History was made at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna Friday as federal officials unveiled a new Delaware quarter.

Executives from the United States Mint and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched a new quarter design honoring Bombay Hook.

It was an exciting day for Delawareans, coin collectors and nature enthusiasts as many collected $10 rolls of freshly minted quarters bearing a design symbolizing Delaware's natural beauty. 

"I got four rolls," said bird watcher and photographer Dan Laughman of Magnolia. "And I greatly appreciate the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. It's a fabulous place for birders."

On the quarter is a great blue heron in the foreground and a great egret in the background, just two types of frequent visitors at Bombay Hook.

"I'm a frequent visitor," said Heidi Deming of Smyrna. "I live 10 minutes down the road and I just really enjoy the refuge and it's very exciting to have a quarter launched."

Ten minutes down the street shrinks in comparison to the 1,100-mile, 15-hour drive it took conservationist Barry Smith and his native Delawarean wife to attend the launch.

"I got two rolls of quarters to take back to Florida about environmental conservation. It's been a great event and I'm happy to be here," said Smith.

Manager for the sanctuary Oscar Reed says he hopes the quarter piques people's interest to visit Delaware.

"They'll see the quarter and say, 'Hey come to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.' It's a unique opportunity for folks to come out and visit," said Reed. 

For Bombay Hook's Project Leader Al Rizzo, a deeper and more personal tie connects him to the coin.

"That's why it's so special to me because this is home to me. My only regret is that is my mom and dad couldn't be here," said Rizzo.

And for the parents witnessing their children receive their first piece of history, it's a moment now etched in their own.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says national wildlife refuges drive the economy supporting thousands of jobs in tourism recreation and hospitality. Every dollar spent at a wildlife refuge goes right back into local communities.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Delaware State Police Goes Undercover to Stop Distracted Driving

    Delaware State Police Goes Undercover to Stop Distracted Driving

    Apr 26, 2018 11:00 PM2018-04-27 03:00:00 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-04-27 03:00:10 GMT
    Delaware State Police says distracted driving is on the rise, based off of numbers from 2017. That's why troopers have started going undercover to stop motorists using their cell phones on the road.More
    Delaware State Police says distracted driving is on the rise, based off of numbers from 2017. That's why troopers have started going undercover to stop motorists using their cell phones on the road.More
  • Lightship Overfalls Back Home in Lewes

    Lightship Overfalls Back Home in Lewes

    Apr 26, 2018 10:30 PM2018-04-27 02:30:00 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 10:32 PM EDT2018-04-27 02:32:50 GMT
    LEWES, Del.- After months in New Jersey for hull restoration, the Lightship Overfalls is back in Lewes. The ship arrived shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Thursday night, being supported by two tugboats. As the Overfalls arrived to its slip, it was met with cheeMore
    LEWES, Del.- After months in New Jersey for hull restoration, the Lightship Overfalls is back in Lewes. The ship arrived shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Thursday night, being supported by two tugboats. As the Overfalls arrived to its slip, it was met with cheeMore
  • Salisbury Pastor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

    Laurel Pastor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

    Apr 25, 2018 4:17 PM2018-04-25 20:17:00 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:31 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:31:25 GMT
    Pastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJPastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJ
    Pastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJPastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJ
    LAUREL, Del. (WBOC/AP) - Authorities say a pastor at a church in Maryland has been arrested on child pornography charges.More
    LAUREL, Del. (WBOC/AP) - Authorities say a pastor at a church in Maryland has been arrested on child pornography charges.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Delaware Woman Killed In Murder-Suicide

    Delaware Woman Killed In Murder-Suicide

    A love triangle which started in upstate Delaware has culminated in a murder-suicide near Philadelphia.   The victim was a University of Delaware graduate and an assistant vice president at Villanova University.

    More

    A love triangle which started in upstate Delaware has culminated in a murder-suicide near Philadelphia.   The victim was a University of Delaware graduate and an assistant vice president at Villanova University.

    More
  • People March to Remember 9-Year-Old Germani Truitt and to Demand Justice

    People March to Remember 9-Year-Old Germani Truitt and to Demand Justice

    A family in Seaford is demanding justice after a nine-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run crash. Hundreds attended a march for Germani Truitt to remember her and to protest the fact that the driver who hit her is free on $6000 bond.

    More

    A family in Seaford is demanding justice after a nine-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run crash. Hundreds attended a march for Germani Truitt to remember her and to protest the fact that the driver who hit her is free on $6000 bond.

    More
  • Eleven Arrested in Georgetown Drug Bust

    Eleven Arrested in Georgetown Drug Bust

    Dover Police and Georgetown Police cooperated in a drug investigation that finished with the arrest of 11 people. Police say the bust started with the search of a building at the Dunbarton apartments in Georgetown on January 31. 

    More

    Dover Police and Georgetown Police cooperated in a drug investigation that finished with the arrest of 11 people. Police say the bust started with the search of a building at the Dunbarton apartments in Georgetown on January 31. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices