2016 Harpers Ferry Quarters Released

by Darrin Lee Unser on June 6, 2016 · 4 comments

Earlier today, June 6, the United States Mint started selling rolls and bags of quarters commemorating Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. This coin carries the third of five unique quarter designs for 2016 and is the 33rd issued since the start of the America the Beautiful Quarters series.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park quarters, rolls and bags

The U.S. Mint released rolls and bags of 2016 Harpers Ferry quarters. The coin depicts a reverse design emblematic of the national historical park located in West Virginia.

Harpers Ferry quarters are also entering circulation this month, but don’t expect to find them soon because the Federal Reserve distributes coins to banks without regard to their designs. Ordering new ones straight from the U.S. Mint is the quickest way to get them.

Quarter’s Designs

Eight Harpers Ferry quarter candidate designs went under review before a final one was selected.

Design candidates for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park quarter

Original design candidates for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park quarter

The winning design depicts John Brown Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harper’s Ferry Armory in 1859.

2016 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter

Designed by Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park quarter features John Brown’s Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory. Inscriptions around the design read HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA, 2016, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Thomas Hipschen created the image and United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill engraved it. In the short U.S. Mint video below, Hemphill briefly discusses her process of sculpting the quarter’s design.

 

All America the Beautiful Quarters share the obverse portrait of President George Washington by John Flanagan.

Quarter obverse with D mint mark

Washington’s portrait is surrounded by the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR. Mint marks appear on quarter obverses, indicating where they were made. Here you can see the ‘D’ mint mark for the Denver Mint.

Mint marks of ‘P’, ‘D’ or ‘S’ are also found on the obverse to indicate their production facility of Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco.

Quarter Products

40-coin roll and 100-coin bag products are available. Options include quarters struck at U.S. Mint facilities in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Denver. The following table shows the new products and their prices:

Quarter Product US Mint Production Facility Price
40-coin rolls San Francisco $18.95
Two-roll sets 40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver coins $32.95
Three-roll sets San Francisco, Philadelphia, & Denver $46.95
100-coin bags San Francisco $34.95
100-coin bags Philadelphia $34.95
100-coin bags Denver $34.95

 

Philadelphia- and Denver-minted quarters are released into general circulation. Those struck in San Francisco, however, are only produced for numismatic purposes for products like these rolls and bags.

Ordering

The U.S. Mint’s online store, located here, is the best place to buy new quarters. Use 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) to order them by phone.

Release Ceremony and Coin Forum

An official quarter launch ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, at Lower Town in Harpers Ferry. Following the ceremony, attendees can exchange cash for rolls of the new coin. In addition, a U.S. Mint coin forum will be hosted on the evening before the ceremony. Learn more about these events.

America the Beautiful Quarters

The United States Mint introduced its series of America the Beautiful Quarters in 2010 and has issued 5 of them every year since, with each honoring a different site of national interest.

2016 quarters

Some photos of the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters taken at the San Francisco Mint. These are special collector proof versions that launch within annual sets.

For 2016, the program includes coins to commemorate:

  • Shawnee National Forest of Illinois (released February 2)
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park of Kentucky (released April 4)
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park of West Virginia (this release)
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park of North Dakota (released in August)
  • Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) of South Carolina (released in November)

Fifty-six quarters are scheduled for the program with one site honored from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling June 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

America the Beautiful Quarters™

-NumisDudeTX

Whistler June 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

NO John Brown on horseback! He must be a rotten in da grave….

Dewey blankenship July 4, 2016 at 8:40 am

The one I have, Washington’s face is brown copper color.

Donna August 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm

I found one that appears to have a flaw on the neck of Washington. I will be happy to send you the picture. Extremely small stipple mark on the neck.

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