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.

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Ellis Island National Monument quarter design finalized

Ellis Island National Monument quarter design

Ellis Island National Monument quarter design

On September 1, 2016, the U.S. Mint unveiled the final design for the 2017 Ellis Island National Monument quarter. The special reverse design will depict an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with expressions of both hope and uncertainty. The boy proudly holds a small American flag as the immigration center’s Hospital Building is seen beyond the harbor waters. Inscriptions on the reverse will include ellis island, new jersey, e pluribus unum and 2017.

The Ellis Island quarter is the 39th issue in the 2010-2021 National Park series and fourth new design of 2017. The Ellis Island coin follows 2017 issues featuring Effigy Mounds National Monument, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and Ozark National Scenic Riverways. It precedes the final 2017 quarter honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

Candidate designs for new 2017 Ellis Island National Monument Quarter

Candidate designs for the 2017 Ellis Island National Monument quarter

Candidate designs for the 2017 Ellis Island National Monument quarter

Several candidate designs for the new 2017 Ellis Island National Monument quarter were considered in October 2015 by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The CFA recommended design NJ-01 as best representing the history and setting of Ellis Island with an immigrant family, the waters of New York Harbor and the center’s Hospital Building in the background. The CCAC did not select any of the designs and requested new proposals or re-workings. The citizens group approved a modified version of design NJ-01 at a later review in February of 2016.

Most of Ellis Island, the site of the nation’s busiest immigration center from 1892-1954, is located within the state of New Jersey while a small portion is in New York. Just to the south of Ellis Island in New York Harbor is Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty has welcomed newcomers to America since 1886. The impressive main building on Ellis Island, constructed of red brick with limestone trim, now houses an interactive museum of immigration that illuminates the major role of Ellis Island in the development of our country.

After input from the CFA, CCAC and representatives of Ellis Island National Monument, the final design will be selected by the secretary of the Treasury and will appear on the fourth new quarter design of 2017 and 39th issue of the 2010-2021 National Park quarter series.

Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty) honored 39th in National Park Quarter Series

Ellis Island National Monument

Ellis Island National Monument

Located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor off the southern tip of Manhattan, Ellis Island National Monument is a tribute to what was America’s busiest immigration center for over 60 years from 1892-1954. The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island just south of Ellis Island.

Approximately 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island during its years of operation, and over 40% of America’s population can trace their ancestry through this former immigration center. The facility’s main building now houses a museum dedicated to the history of immigration and the major role Ellis Island played in the growth and development of our country during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The museum features artifacts, photographs, videos, audio tours, interactive displays and self-guided exhibits that illuminate the immigration experience and tell the stories of millions of Americans. Ellis Island National Monument and the Statue of Liberty are extremely popular National Park Service sites that receive nearly two million visitors each year. They are featured on the fourth 2017 National Park quarter and 39th issue in the 2010-2021 National Park series.

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Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter design finalized

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter design

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter design

On September 1, 2016, the U.S. Mint announced the final design for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarters. The reverse shows Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in the 1890s and once used for converting wheat into flour.

The inscriptions on the coin’s reverse include the name of the site: ozark riverways, missouri, the year of issue: 2017, and the motto: e pluribus unum.
This handsome quarter is a perfect match for the 2003 Statehood quarter, which also featured Missouri, the park’s home state. As the 38th in the series overall, the Ozark quarter will be followed by designs honoring Ellis Island and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.