Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will be the fourth national site honored on a quarter in 2015 when the US Mint releases the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter. It will also be the 29th quarter, out of 56, to be released under the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
The final reverse design for the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter should be released in late 2014. Before it is issued, however , several committees will review design candidates for the coin and provide the comment on them to the Treasury Secretary who will make the final decision. The reverse will also include the inscriptions of BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE, E PLURIBUS UNUM and 2015.
The obverse of each coin in the program will contain the same design, as completed originally by John Flanagan. It is a portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington, and was first used on the circulating 1932 quarter dollar.
The Homestead National Monument, Kisatchie National Forest and Blue Ridge Parkway quarters will all be released in 2015 before the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter is issued. The final quarter released in 2015 will be the Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge information
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge of Delaware has had many names for the area it encompasses. The Native American’s had called it Canaresse, while others had called it Ruyge-Bosje. Today, Bombay Hook is a play on the Dutch term “Bompies Hoeck”, which means “little tree point”.
The area is home to a variety of migrating birds, which the wildlife refuge strives to protect. These birds make their home in a tidal salt marsh, which contains nutrient rich water flows. The water flows help keep native foliage alive, providing homes for many of the animals in the area.
Around 100,000 visitors come each year to take part in bird watching, a 12-mile auto tour, photography, hiking and other activities. Tourists may also visit the Allee House, which was a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and remains nearly in its original state.