Anne Marie LeBlanc, executive director of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce, with the chamber’s commemorative Nova Star coin.
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By Eric Bourque
Among the many people on the Yarmouth waterfront to help welcome the Nova Star ferry as the vessel began its sailing schedule between here and Portland were representatives of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce, who were on hand selling the chamber’s commemorative ferry coin.
About 70 of the coins were sold that day – Friday, May 16 – and sales of the coin in general have been going well, said Robert MacLeod, chair of the chamber’s commemorative coin committee.
Contacted a few days after the start of the ferry service, he said financial institutions that were carrying the coin were more than halfway through their supply.
“It looks like we’ll be doing a second run,” he said. “They’ve moved quite quickly.”
Fifteen-hundred coins were produced in the initial run.
The $10 coin features an image of the Nova Star on one side and the chamber of commerce logo on the other.
MacLeod was on the waterfront with Anne Marie LeBlanc, the Yarmouth chamber’s executive director, selling coins as the day Yarmouthians had been awaiting for several years – the restoration of the ferry link with Maine – finally arrived.
Asked for his impressions of the ship, MacLeod said simply, “Phenomenal.”
LeBlanc had a similar response. Like so many people, she hopes the service will be a success and help steer the local economy in a positive direction.
As for the coin, she said various factors likely contributed to its popularity, particularly on the day of the service launch, when a good number of them were sold.
“The idea that it was a souvenir, with the image of the boat, and its first voyage and the fact that we hadn’t had a boat for a number of years – I think all of those things helped with the sales,” she said.
It was good to be on hand to promote and sell the chamber’s coin, she said, but even better to greet visitors from the ship.
“I think that was the nice part about it, the opportunity to talk to the people coming off the boat,” she said.
Prior to this year, the Yarmouth chamber’s last commemorative coin came out in 2011 when the area was having its 250th-anniversary celebrations.
The chamber came out with a series of commemorative coins in the 1980s.