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U.S. Mint Unveils 2016 America the Beautiful Quarter Designs


The United States Mint today announced the five new reverse designs that will appear on the 2016 coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

The 2016 coins honor Shawnee National Forest (Illinois), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky), Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota), and Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument (South Carolina).

The obverse (heads side) of the coins will continue to feature the familiar 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Required obverse inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program is authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456). The Act directs the bureau to design, mint, and issue quarter-dollar coins emblematic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. In accordance with the Act, the Mint is issuing the new quarters at the rate of five per year until 2020 in the order in which each honored site was first established. The final coin will be released in 2021.


Shawnee National Forest – Illinois



Designer:  Justin Kunz
Engraver:  Jim Licaretz
Description:  depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground and a red-tailed hawk soaring in the sky overhead.  Inscriptions are “SHAWNEE,” “ILLINOIS,” “2016” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”


Cumberland Gap National Historic Park – Kentucky



Designer:  Barbara Fox
Engraver:  Joseph Menna
Description:  features a frontiersman gazing across the mountains to the West.  Many pioneers used Cumberland Gap on their journey into the western frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee. Inscriptions are “CUMBERLAND GAP,” “KENTUCKY,” “2016,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and “FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST.”


Harpers Ferry National Historic Park – West Virginia



Designer:  Thomas Hipschen
Engraver:  Phebe Hemphill
Description:  features John Brown Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harper’s Ferry Armory. Inscriptions are “HARPERS FERRY,” “WEST VIRGINIA,” “2016” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”


Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Dakota



Designer:  Joel Iskowitz
Engraver:  Phebe Hemphill
Description:  depicts a young Theodore Roosevelt on horseback surveying the terrain near the Little Missouri River.  Inscriptions are “THEODORE ROOSEVELT,” “NORTH DAKOTA,” “2016” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”


Fort Moultrie National Park- South Carolina



Designer:  Richard Scott
Engraver:  Joseph Menna
Description:  depicts Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship.  Inscriptions are “FORT MOULTRIE,” “SOUTH CAROLINA,” “2016” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

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.

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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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