2016 America the Beautiful Quarters and Coin Design Images

by Mike Unser on July 22, 2015 · 9 comments

Final designs for the reverse or tails side of 2016-dated America the Beautiful Quarters and companion America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins have been released by the United States Mint.

Designs for 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters and 5 Oz Silver Coins

Reverse designs for 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins

2016 marks the seventh year of issues commemorating national parks and other national sites in the United States and its territories. Released at a rate of five each year, these latest designs are the 31st through 35th of the at least 56 scheduled. They honor:

  • Shawnee National Forest in Illinois,
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky,
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia,
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, and
  • Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina.

Release dates for the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters and five-ounce silver coins have not been announced but they will be issued in intervals throughout the year.

Design Images of the Reverses

Below are United States Mint line art images and brief descriptions of all five designs that will appear on the reverse side of the quarters and companion coins. They were selected from among nearly three dozen candidate designs.

Shawnee National Forest (Illinois)

The design depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground and a red-tailed hawk soaring in the sky overhead. Inscriptions are "SHAWNEE," "ILLINOIS," "2016," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design

Shawnee National Forest Quarter and Coin Design

This reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Justin Kunz and will be engraved by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky)

The design 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. Inscriptions are "CUMBERLAND GAP," "KENTUCKY," "2016," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST."

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design

This reverse was designed by AIP artist Barbara Fox and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia)

The design features John Brown Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harper’s Ferry Armory. Inscriptions are "HARPERS FERRY," "WEST VIRGINIA," "2016," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Coin Design

This reverse was designed by AIP artist Thomas Hipschen and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

The design depicts a young Theodore Roosevelt on horseback surveying the terrain near the Little Missouri River. Inscriptions are "THEODORE ROOSEVELT," "NORTH DAKOTA," "2016" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter and Coin Design

This reverse was designed by AIP artist Joel Iskowitz and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument (South Carolina)

The design depicts Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship. Inscriptions are "FORT MOULTRIE," "SOUTH CAROLINA," "2016," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design

Fort Moultrie Quarter and Coin Design

This reverse was designed by AIP artist Richard Scott and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

Obverse Design

America the Beautiful coinage share the same obverse design, a portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. This image has been on quarter-dollars since 1932. The portrait underwent digital enhancements in 2010 to bring out more of the beauty of the original model.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark Rex July 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm

IL is OK, ND is great

alam July 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

ugly designs… 2014 and 2016 are the worst in the series so far

Tinto July 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

ND 5 oz bullion is the one I’m gonna buy hope the Mint doesn’t screw up the design. What is Fort Moultrie about? In fact, where IS Fort Moultrie??

vadim July 22, 2015 at 10:05 pm

These aren’t that exciting designs but it’s history. If people of these states are ok these designs it’s ok with me.

John O July 25, 2015 at 9:27 am
Tinto July 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

@John O

Thanks for the link. That makes me even more puzzled as to why they chose this design. A design like the one in Wikipedia showing the re-raising of the flag would have been nice shows a bit of the fort, shows the soldiers with their swords by their sides exulting over the re-raising of the flag and the British ships in the background. Some of the soldiers, etc. could be removed to show a cleaner design, same for the ships, some of the smoke … would have looked great on the 5oz puck! The one selected shows only an unarmed soldier waving the flag with a British ship in the background, and even after reading Wikipedia it almost seems like he is about to run away (after throwing away his arms) and taking the flag to keep it falling into British hands … all IMO ..

alex September 5, 2015 at 7:51 am

I’m from west virginia. I think the WV coin design is just awful and bland.

Paul December 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Agree about Harpers Ferry. Should at least have had a broader view or something that was in line with its name: a ferry.

Dave s March 15, 2016 at 8:26 am

I received my 2016 America the beautiful proof silver set and have noticed some errors in a couple of the coins. Can you tell me if there are any recorded as of yet so I have some comparison to look at, thanx and please let me know

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