2017 Ellis Island Quarter released at the former immigration center

The new 2017 Ellis Island National Monument quarter, 39th coin in the 2010-2021 National Park quarter series and 4th new design for 2017, is now in circulation. An official launch ceremony for the new Ellis Island quarter was held at 11 am ET on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the flag pole area of the Ellis Island Immigration Center.

Located in New York Harbor close to Liberty Island where the iconic Statue of Liberty stands, Ellis Island was the nation’s busiest immigration center during its years of operation from 1892-1954. The main facility now houses a museum that tells the story of immigration to America and the major role Ellis Island played in the growth and development of our country. Ellis Island National Monument, which includes the nearby Statue of Liberty, is visited by nearly two million people each year.

Add the new 2017 Ellis Island quarters to your National Park quarter collection now.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter design finalized

George Rogers Clark quarter design

George Rogers Clark quarter design

In September 2016, the U.S. Mint revealed the final design for the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter. As the last release for 2017, this interesting quarter features Clark leading his men through chilly water to attack Fort Sackville.

Inside the Greek-style memorial at the park, seven colorful murals tell the story of Clark’s raid on the fort. Beginning with …“Entering the Great Valley,” showing Clark leading settlers into Ohio Valley and ending with “St. Louis: The way opened to the Pacific,” the murals tell the story of his attack on the British held fort, and subsequent victory. The new territory helped to open the region to settlement and served as a gateway to regions further west.

Candidate designs for new 2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter

Candidate designs for the new 2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter

Candidate designs for the new 2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter

In October 2015, the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Advisory Committee met to review eleven designs for the reverse of the 2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter. All designs varied: Four show the statue of George Rogers Clark in the foreground with the memorial in the background and various inscriptions, three feature him in profile, looking at the American flag, and the surrendered Fort Sackville in the background, two show him in frontier garb with Fort Sackville in the background. The last two designs depict him – one leading men through chilly waters and the other motioning his men forward to attack.

After the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) reviews designs, the U.S. Mint recommends the favorites to the Secretary of the Treasury who then makes the final selection.

The George Rogers Clark coin will honor this beautiful park that’s home to the Greek-style memorial – the largest outside of Washington, D.C. – and the larger-than-life bronze statue of Clark inside.

2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter released at Alley Spring and Mill

The new Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter, 38th issue of the series and the third design for 2017, is now in circulation. On June 5, 2017, the official launch ceremony for the new Ozark quarter took place at Alley Spring and Mill, which is located in Eminence, Missouri.
After the ceremony, a coin exchange was held where attendees were able to get $10 rolls of the new quarters at face value. This issue features Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in the 1890s and used to grind wheat into flour. Add the new Ozark quarters to your collection now.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park featured 40th in National Park Quarter series

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Located along the Wabash River in Vincennes, IN, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park honors the Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark and the men who secured Fort Sackville, during the Revolutionary War. In the 1770s, Kentucky was the frontier. The English, stationed at the fort, often sent Native Americans to attack the American settlers. Determined to put an end to such attacks, Clark with 170 men marched 18 days during midwinter and captured it in 1779. They forced the British to surrender and paved the way for future settlements in the Midwest. Clark was only 25 when he achieved this victory, and earned the nickname “Conqueror of the Old Northwest”.

As the 150th anniversary of the Revolutionary War drew near, citizens in Indiana became interested in honoring Clark. In 1928, President Coolidge established the George Rogers Clark Sesquicentennial Commission to create a permanent memorial to Clark near the ruins of the fort. The memorial rotunda was completed in 1933, dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 and the building and grounds became a national park in 1966.

Learn more about George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.