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.

Learn more about Ellis Island National Monument.

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.

2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter launch ceremony at Douglass’ Cedar Hill Homestead

The new Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarter, second issue of 2017 and 37th in the series, was celebrated during the launch ceremony at Douglass’ Cedar Hill home on April 4th. It was released for general circulation the same day. Douglass’ home sits on a hill in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. During his lifetime, his home and the surrounding gardens offered a refuge from the outside world as he worked on his speeches and writings.

Attendees could exchange cash for $10 of quarters in rolls. Each quarter features the famous abolitionist seated at a writing desk with his home in the background. The 2017 quarter series honor some of America’s more interesting and unusual parks – Effigy Mounds, Frederick Douglass, and future releases Ozark Riverways, Ellis Island and George Rogers Clark Park. Update your collection today with new Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarters!

Candidate designs for new 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter

Candidate designs for the 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter

Candidate designs for the 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter

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.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways featured 38th in National Park Quarter series

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Tucked away in south-central Missouri is a hidden gem – one of the lesser-known national parks, and the first set aside to protect a river system! Ozark National Scenic Riverways was created in 1964 to preserve the pristine waters of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.

In addition to the clear, spring-fed waters of Ozark, the park is home to over 300 caves. Just two – Round Spring Cave and Devils Well – are open to visitors. Another spot that’s popular with tourists is Alley Mill – an 1890s steel roller mill once used for converting wheat into flour.

Learn more about Ozark National Scenic Riverways.