Kicking off the 2017 numismatic release schedule with the first of five planned releases for January is the United States Mint, with the January 5th release of the annual America the Beautiful Quarters set.
The set features all five quarter dollar coins for 2017 in brilliant proof finish, as we have come so expect from the San Francisco Mint. The coins featured here represent issues number 36 through to 40 for the America the Beautiful coin program, which is set to run until the year 2021, producing 56 coin designs in total.
According to the US Mint the America the Beautiful Quarters are meant to :
“capture the breathtaking beauty of America’s natural landscapes that have inspired countless poets, adventurers, and artists”.
The program was first launched in 2010, following on the remarkable success of the Statehood Quarters series, and has seen the release of five new quarter dollar designs each year since.
All five coins share the well known 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan as a common obverse design. The obverse legend contains the obligatory inscriptions of : “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The five differing reverse designs are as follows :
Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa
This design depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “EFFIGY MOUNDS,” “IOWA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in District of Columbia
This design depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, DC, in the background. Inscriptions are “FREDERICK DOUGLASS,” “DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri
This 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.”
Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) in New Jersey
This design depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. The hospital building can be seen in the background. Inscriptions are “ELLIS ISLAND,” “NEW JERSEY,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana
This design depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville. Inscriptions are “GEORGE ROGERS CLARK,” “INDIANA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
The set is presented in the traditional plastic enclosure and shipped within a printed cardboard vanity sleeve. The set is available to order directly from the US Mint's website for US$14.95 each with no order limit.