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Five quarter designs in 2017

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From Revolutionary War action to quiet mounds of earth in animal shapes, the U.S. Mint has revealed the five designs for 2017 America the Beautiful quarters.


Indiana’s George Rogers Clark National Historical Park design shows Clark leading his men in 1779 through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville, according to the official Mint description.


This was designed by Artistic Infusion Program Designer Frank Morris and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

This will be the fifth reverse design issued next year. The other four in order of appearance are Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument, the District of Columbia’s Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways and New Jersey’s Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument).


The Marching Bear Group is shown from Effigy Mounds along with inscriptions “EFFIGY MOUNDS,” “IOWA,” “2017” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

It was designed by AIP Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon.

Frederick Douglass is seen seated at a writing desk. His home in Washington is in the background on the District of Columbia quarter. Inscriptions are “FREDERICK DOUGLASS,” “DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,” “2017” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”


It was designed by AIP Designer Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

For the Missouri quarter, the Mint description notes that the design depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in 1894. This merchant mill was used to convert wheat into flour. Much of the original milling equipment is still in place, and visitors to the park can tour the mill. Inscriptions are “OZARK RIVERWAYS,” “MISSOURI,” “2017” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

It was designed by AIP Designer Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Gordon.


An immigrant family approaches Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty on this quarter design. The hospital building is in the background. Inscriptions are “ELLIS ISLAND,” “NEW JERSEY,” “2017” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

This was designed by AIP Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Hemphill.

The ATB quarter series began in 2010 and runs to 2021. The common obverse design is John Flanagan’s bust of George Washington.


This article was originally printed in Numismatic News Express.
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