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U.S. Mint to Launch Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter at April 4 Ceremony

Frederick Douglas ATB Quarter Design


Join officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the official launch of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Ceremony highlights include special recognition of Thomas Hipschen, designer of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarter, recitations by 2016 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest winners and a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly-minted Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarters following the event.

The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble will provide musical entertainment.


  • Michael T. Reynolds – Acting Director, National Park Service
  • Dave Motl – Acting Principal Deputy Director, United States Mint
  • Tara D. Morrison – Superintendent, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  • Tristan Breaux – District Director, on behalf of U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton


  • Muriel Bowser – Mayor, District of Columbia

WHEN: 10 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W Street, SE
Washington, DC 20020


The United States Mint will host a coin forum the afternoon before the launch ceremony–Monday, April 3, 2017, 3-4 p.m. EDT–at the United States Mint Headquarters at 801 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20220. The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives and express their views about future coinage.

RSVP required for coin forum and entry into U.S. Mint building ([email protected]).

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarter is the 37th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative that honors 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverses of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.

About the United States Mint

usmintThe United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.

The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

United States Mint
United States Minthttps://www.usmint.gov/
Since Congress created the United States Mint on April 2, 1792, the primary mission of the Mint is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the nation. As a self-funded agency, the United States Mint turns revenues beyond its operating expenses over to the General Fund of the Treasury. Other responsibilities include: Maintaining physical custody and protection of the Nation's $100 billion of U.S. gold and silver assets; Manufacturing and selling platinum, gold, and silver bullion coins; and Overseeing production facilities in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and West Point, as well as the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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