2016 America the Beautiful Quarter and 5 Oz Coin Design Candidates

by Darrin Lee Unser on September 26, 2014 · 8 comments

The United States Mint has unveiled design candidates for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters and companion 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins.

2016 America the Beautiful Quarter and 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin Design Candidates

2016 America the Beautiful Quarter and 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin Design Candidates

These quarters and coins mark the 7th year in their related series and the 31st through 35th releases. Designs are emblematic of the following five sites of national interest:

  • Shawnee National Forest of Illinois
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park of Kentucky
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park of West Virginia
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park of North Dakota
  • Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) of South Carolina

Artists created several designs candidates for each. After reviews by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), which are now complete, the U.S. Mint will eventually make recommendations to the Secretary of the Treasury who is tasked with selecting final coin designs. Of note, these candidates appear more than a year and three months before any of the coins will be issued.

Images of the Design Candidates for 2016 ATB Quarters and 5 Oz Silver Coins

The CFA completed their review of the designs on Sept. 18 while the CCAC reviewed them on Sept. 23. Their recommendations are below along with images of the design candidates. Also included are brief narratives of each design as provided by the United States Mint.

Shawnee National Forest (Illinois)

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - IL-01

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – IL-01

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - IL-03

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – IL-03

Design 1 (IL-01) depicts a young girl climbing the stairway cut into rock near Bell Smith Springs.

There was no design 2 (IL-02) submitted.

Design 3 (IL-03) depicts Camel Rock, the most popular and iconic rock formation at Shawnee National Forest.

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - IL-04

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – IL-04

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Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - IL-05

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – IL-05

Design 4 (IL-04) depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground and a red-tailed hawk soaring in the sky overhead.

Design 5 (IL-05) also depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground.

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - IL-06

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – IL-06

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - IL-07

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – IL-07

Design 6 (IL-06) depicts Devil’s Smokestack, one of the rock features at Shawnee National Forest.

Design 7 (IL-07) depicts an overview of Camel Rock, showing the full shape of the formation.

Selected: The CCAC recommended design 4 (IL-04) while the CFA preferred design 7 (IL-07).

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky)

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - KY-01

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – KY-01

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - KY-02

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – KY-02

Design 1 (KY-01) features a series of footprints symbolizing the journey through Cumberland Gap, the "first great gateway to the west." Cumberland Gap was first used by animals, then by Native Americans, frontiersmen, and eventually hundreds of pioneers as a gateway through the Cumberland Mountains. The additional inscription reads First Doorway to the West.

Design 2 (KY-02) 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. The additional inscription reads First Doorway to the West.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - KY-03

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – KY-03

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - KY-05

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – KY-05

Design 3 (KY-03) features Indian Rock, a large isolated boulder that became a landmark many animals and humans have passed by as they traveled through Cumberland Gap. It is reputed to be a spot from which people were ambushed; it bears scratches and messages from settlers passing through; it has been a waylaying station and a grave marker; and it also served as a billboard along the Dixie Highway, which historically led travelers through the Gap.

There was no design 4 (KY-04) submitted.

Design 5 (KY-05) shows a view from the Pinnacle Overlook at Cumberland Gap. While the overlook itself is located in Virginia, the figure in the foreground looks into Kentucky. Fern Lake is visible in the background.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - KY-06

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – KY-06

Design 6 (KY-06) depicts a white-tailed deer with the Cumberland Gap in the background.

Selected: The CCAC preferred design 2 (KY-02) while the CFA chose design 6 (KY-06).

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia)

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-01

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-01

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-02

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-02

Design 1 (WV-01) features a hand clutching a rifle emerging from the stylized water with a gear in the background. Water was the source of power for the industrial revolution. As such, the location of Harpers Ferry, where the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers converged, was key to its development. The rivers were used to power the equipment at the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Design 2 (WV-02) is similar to design 1 including a hand clutching a rifle emerging from the stylized water with a gear in the background.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-03

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-03

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-04

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-04

Design 3 (WV-03) depicts John Brown’s Fort, a building originally used as a fire engine and guard house for the armory at Harpers Ferry. During John Brown’s Raid, Brown, an abolitionist, took refuge in the building. The building was the only Armory building to escape destruction during the Civil War.

Design 4 (WV-04) shows two circling hawks as they fly over Jefferson Rock, a historic overlook at Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-05

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-05

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-05A

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-05A

Design 5 (WV-05) also shows the hawks and Jefferson Rock but includes a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s signature.

Design 5A (WV-05A) is similar to design 5 but features less background detail.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-06

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-06

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - WV-07

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – WV-07

Design 6 (WV-06) features an overview of Harpers Ferry. The image includes the historic iron bridge crossing the Potomac River and the confluence of the Potomac with the Shenandoah rivers. The steep cliffs and canopy of trees surround the historic town center.

Design 7 (WV-07) features John Brown’s Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Armory.

Selected: The CCAC recommended design 7 (WV-07) and the CFA preferred design 6 (WV-07).

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (ND)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - ND-01

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – ND-01

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - ND-02

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – ND-02

Design 1 (ND-01) features a young Theodore Roosevelt as he surveys the badlands terrain at an area near the Little Missouri River. Roosevelt is shown mounted on a horse.

Design 2 (ND-02) offers a similar background of the badlands terrain and the Little Missouri River as design 1, but shows Theodore Roosevelt standing instead of on a horse.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - ND-03

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – ND-03

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - ND-04

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – ND-04

Design 3 (ND-03) also has the badlands terrain and Little Missouri River in the background but depicts Theodore Roosevelt with his hand shading his eyes as he gazes off in the distance.

Design 4 (ND-04) depicts Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin.

There was no design 5 through design 7 submitted.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - ND-08

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – ND-08

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - ND-09

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – ND-09

Design 8 (ND-08) also depicts Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin.

Design 9 (ND-09) shows three sandhill cranes as they fly over the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Selected: The CCAC preferred design 1 (ND-01), with a motion to adjust the position of the head at the border. The CFA also selected this design.

Fort Moultrie – Fort Sumter National Monument (SC)

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - SC-01

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – SC-01

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - SC-02

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – SC-02

Design 1 (SC-01) depicts the distinctive silver crescent worn by the 2nd South Carolina Regiment that garrisoned Fort Moultrie in its 1776 victory over the British. The silver crescent was inscribed with the word LIBERTY. It is set against a single palmetto frond, representing the use of the palmetto in the construction of the Fort.

Design 2 (SC-02) shows Sergeant Jasper as he plants the Regimental Flag on the ramparts of Fort Moultrie. The additional inscription reads LIBERTY.

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - SC-03

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – SC-03

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - SC-04

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – SC-04

Design 3 (SC-03) depicts Sergeant Jasper as he waves the Regimental Flag as bombs from British ships explode in front of him.

Design 4 (SC-04) shows a cannon from the Revolutionary War period as used at Fort Moultrie in 1776. The palmetto trees in the background are those used to build the fort. The open crescent in the sky is depicted as it was on the original 2nd Regimental Flag of 1776.

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - SC-05

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – SC-05

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - SC-06

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – SC-06

Design 5 (SC-05) offers Sergeant Jasper clasping the Regimental Flag. Cannon fire from British ships flies through the air and explodes on the beach around him.

Design 6 (SC-06) depicts Sergeant Jasper as he recovers the Regimental Flag and returns it to the ramparts while a British ship continues its attack.

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate - SC-07

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design Candidate – SC-07

Design 7 (SC-07) shows Sergeant Jasper planting the Regimental Flag and holding it firm as the British ships continue to bomb the fort.

Selected: The CCAC recommended design 6 (SC-06) while the CFA chose design 5 (SC-05).

America the Beautiful Quarters and Coins

2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins and 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck from 99.9% pure silver and feature diameters of three inches. The uncirculated series is sold directly to the public by the United States Mint with the bullion coins sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers.

America the Beautiful Quarters, and companion silver coins, debuted in 2010. There are five new designs annually. Each honors a different site of national interest with one site chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jp September 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Here are my picks; (like anyone cares…)
Shawnee – #4
Cumberland – #5
Harpers Ferry -#7
Roosevelt -#9
Ft. Sumter -#1
It is what it is…

John September 27, 2014 at 6:19 am

I care dude…..but here are mine.

Shawnee # 4
Cumberland # 5
Harpers Fairy # 6
Roosevelt # 1
Ft Moultrie ( sorry, Ft Sumter??) #2

JesustheLionofJudah September 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

2, 2, 1, 1 & 7. Best designs.

Robert June 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Like someone said on the 2015 page… this set of quarters is AMAZING. I agree that it will go down in history as one of the most beautiful sets of coins in history. The incredible part is the feeling of DEPTH and DIMENSIONALITY of some of them. I’m not sure even the judges understand this. I think they definitely need to choose the designs that have a lot going on in them and show a lot of depth. My choices would be:
Shawnee – 4, and maybe 6 or7
Cumberland Gap – 3! It would look incredible in metal
Harper’s Ferry – 6
Theodore Roosevelt – 1
Fort Moultrie – 7!
A general about the whole series…IMHO they have done enough birds for awhile.

John June 2, 2015 at 8:08 am

Ughhh. How many log cabins can they throw at us? And I agree birds.

Shawnee 4
Cumb gap 3
Harpers ferry 6 3 or 4
Teddy 1
Fort moultrie 6

Geoff Guarin June 27, 2015 at 2:14 am

I really like seeing the everyday people on the obverse of any coin be it the workers carving Mount Rushmore, the Father and son on great sand dunes, or the backpacker enjoying Shenandoah… I love seeing citizens on coins please keep them coming. I think its what Rockefeller would have wanted. after all he gave us many of these beautiful parks. And he too was only a citizen.

Sandi August 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

I like the following ones
Shawnee #4
Cumberland #3
Harper’s #6
Roosevelt #1
Moultrie #4

Dale Hartzog August 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

The following designs would look great, expressly for the 5 oz ATB;
Shawnee = IL-04
Cumberland = KY-05
Harper’s = WV-03
Roosevelt = ND-01
Fort Moultrie = SC-04

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