In late 2015, both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed several candidate designs for the reverse of the 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter.
The CCAC strongly preferred a design depicting a spiny softshell turtle poking its head above the water line to peek at a kayaker. The CFA opted for a coin showing Alley Mill – an 1890s steel roller mill once used for converting wheat into flour.
Located in Missouri, Ozark National Scenic Riverways holds a special claim to fame as America’s first-ever national park established to protect a river system. Today, visitors to Ozark are able to take advantage of many aquatic activities – like canoeing, boating, swimming and fishing – in the area’s crisp, spring-fed rivers.