2016 Fort Moultrie Quarters Released

by Darrin Lee Unser on November 14, 2016 · 5 comments

Another year of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program comes to a close with the newly released Fort Moultrie quarter. The coin’s reverse commemorates the fort which is a part of Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina.

Fort Moultrie quarters, rolls and bags

The U.S. Mint released rolls and bags of Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) quarters

Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mint-struck quarters with the new design are now available. Buyers have the option of which production facility(s) they would like their quarters to be from in quantities from 40-coin rolls to 100-coin bags.

Designs on Fort Moultrie Quarters

A field of seven design candidates for the quarter’s reverse (tails side) competed against each other. The winning design is by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Artist Richard Scott.

Design candidates for the Fort Moultrie quarter

Original design candidates for the Fort Moultrie quarter

The artistry depicts Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship.

2016 Fort Moultrie Quarter

Designed by Richard Scott and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument quarter depicts Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship. The coin marks the fifth released this year and the thirty-fifth in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter® Program.

Inscriptions around the battle scene read FORT MOULTRIE, SOUTH CAROLINA, 2016, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna rendered Scott’s artwork for use on coins.

The following B-roll video by the U.S. Mint offers some background footage of the coin’s design and production.

 

All quarters bear the same basic obverse (heads side) effigy of George Washington. The likeness of the first President of the United States was originally designed by John Flanagan.

Quarter obverse with D mint mark

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

Mintmarks of ‘P’, ‘D’ or ‘S’ are also on obverses, corresponding to production facilities of Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco.

Quarter Products

This table lists the newly available 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

 

Exclusivity of S-Mint Quarters

Philadelphia and Denver produced quarters are also released into general circulation. Those produced in San Francisco, however, are only issued for numismatic purposes such as these rolls and bags.

Ordering, Coin Forum, Ceremony and Coin Exchange

Visit the U.S. Mint’s online store, found here, to buy new quarters. Call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) to order them by phone.

The U.S. Mint will host a coin forum on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and ceremoniously release the new quarter on Thursday, Nov. 17. There is a coin exchange right after the ceremony where the public can swap cash for rolls of the new quarter. This article offers information about the events.

2016 Releases

With this Fort Moultrie quarter, the seventh year in the America the Beautiful series ends. Since its debut in 2010, a total of thirty-five different quarters have been released at a rate of five per year. Each honors a different site of national interest. The series is scheduled to conclude in 2021 at which time fifty-six unique designs will have been issued.

2016 quarters

Above are photos of the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters taken at the San Francisco Mint. These are special collector proof versions that have already launched within United States Mint annual sets.

Previous 2016 quarters honor Shawnee National Forest of Illinois, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park of Kentucky, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park of West Virginia and Theodore Roosevelt National Park of North Dakota.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling November 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

These are circulation-quality quarters – the same as those made for circulation. The coins in the rolls have been spun around in a counting machine & the quarters are just thrown in the bags, therefore they have scratches. They are just good enough to put in albums for kids or beginners.

-NumisDudeTX

Mouse November 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm

It would be nice if the United States mint would do the same as the RCM and hold a coin exchange program. Bring in old circulation coins and receive new circulation coins instead. Great way to bring in the kids.

Mammoth November 15, 2016 at 11:40 am

Seth – point well-taken, however this big kid here saves the shiny new quarters from his pocket change and puts them into a jar – even though these are ‘circulation-quality.’ (Well…coins are FUN!)

Eventually these coins will likely find their way into a coin album and into a kid’s hands,with the extras ending up being released into circulation.

Seth Riesling November 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Mammoth –

Good way to save money for sure! And you might find an error quarter looking through them.

Happy collecting!

-NumisDudeTX

Whistler November 15, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Set & Mammoth, I envy your sirit I have buckets of shiny new state & ATB quarters, spend them now no kids care, @ my son’s elementary school I gave a coin info session & free ATB 25c & new Buffalo nickels, 1 kid had real % the rest could not wait to get out their phones (3rd grade!) Mint & ANA needs to work on some coin game AQPP asap…I wish I had a clue…….collect PokemAn go what about collect 1916-d 10c somewhere’33 $20’s @ salad bar….crossover!!

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