Ellis Island Quarter Photos

by Mike Unser on August 25, 2017 · 2 comments

This article presents photos of New Jersey’s Ellis Island quarter, the fourth of this year’s five coins from the United States Mint’s series of America the Beautiful Quarters®.

Photos of 2017 Ellis Island Quarters

CoinNews photos of 2017 Ellis Island Quarters

Events in the last week of August will introduce a quarter depicting Ellis Island, the gateway from 1892 to 1954 for over 12 million immigrants to the United States.

On Monday, Aug. 28, the quarter commemorating the site launches into circulation and the U.S. Mint begins selling them in roll and bag products. Two days later, on Aug. 30, the U.S. Mint and National Park Service will officially introduce the quarter in a ceremony on the island itself.

The U.S. Mint already released collector products that include special proof and uncirculated versions of the quarter, including:

Proof coins feature sharp design details, frosted foregrounds and mirror-like backgrounds. Uncirculated coins, which look most like those in circulation, are produced from burnished blanks and usually pressed at least twice, resulting in sharper details and more brilliance.

To offer a better look at the Ellis Island quarter, we photographed several proof and uncirculated versions and share them now.

2017-S Silver Proof Ellis Island Quarter Obverse and Reverse, Clad

Obverse and reverse sides of an Ellis Island quarter (proof silver version shown)

All quarter obverses (heads) share the same design, the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan.

America the Beautiful Quarter reverses are emblematic of the site they honor. The quarter for New Jersey is the 39th issue in the ATB series and the fourth of five for 2017.

2017-S Proof Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse-1

This CoinNews photo shows the reverse design of the quarter (clad proof version shown)

Designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the Ellis Island quarter depicts an immigrant family approaching the island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. It was selected after refinements following a review of candidate designs in late 2015. Inscribed around the design are ELLIS ISLAND, NEW JERSEY, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2017-S Ellis Island Quarter Photos

The San Francisco Mint produces proof quarters, with photos of a clad edition shown here and a silver version in the next group. The clad proofs are made from the same composition as regular circulating quarters — 8.33% with the balance copper. Their sharp reliefs and mirror-like backgrounds set them apart.

2017-S Proof Ellis Island Quarter Obverse and Reverse, Clad

CoinNews photos of a 2017-S Proof Ellis Island Quarter – Obverse and Reverse


2017-S Proof Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse

A larger view of a proof quarter (reverse)


2017-S Proof Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse-2

Another view of a proof quarter

2017-S Ellis Island Quarter Photos

The U.S. Mint’s silver coins in collector proof sets are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. These next photos show a silver proof quarter.

2017-S Silver Proof Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse

CoinNews photos of a 2017-S Silver Ellis Island Quarter – Reverse


2017-S Silver Proof Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse-1

Another view of a proof silver quarter


2017-S Silver Proof Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse-2

A final view of a proof silver quarter

Clad vs. Silver

It is often difficult to quickly notice the difference between clad and silver proof quarters because they have the same finish and diameter of 24.26 mm. Quarters in silver do weigh more at 6.250 grams compared to clad quarters at 5.670 grams.

2017-S Proof Ellis Island Quarter edge - clad, silver

Edges of a clad (left) and a silver (right) quarter

Instead of pulling out a scale to tell them apart, look at the coin’s edge. The clad quarter will have a visible copper layer.

2017 Uncirculated Ellis Island Quarter Photos

Uncirculated quarters are produced at the Denver and Philadelphia Mints. Below are a few photos showing their appearance.

2017-P Uncirculated Ellis Island Quarter Obverse and Reverse

CoinNews photos of a 2017-P Uncirculated Ellis Island Quarter – Obverse and Reverse


2017-P Uncirculated Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse-2

A larger view of an uncirculated quarter


2017-P Uncirculated Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse-1

Another view of an uncirculated quarter


2017-P Uncirculated Ellis Island Quarter - Clad, Reverse

A final view of an uncirculated quarter

2017 America the Beautiful Quarters

The other four 2017 quarters depict Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri, and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana.

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yorbasasa August 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm

the boy carry which country of the flag ? No stars ,what kind of joke from the designer. The flag look like The British East India company. ,and Liberia. The coin is nice overall.

jamie November 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

I found an error on this coin. It looks like it could be a partial collar error.

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