Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter Photos


This article presents photos of Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter, the first of this year’s five coins from the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

Next week kicks off a series of coin events for Effigy Mounds National Monument, a park in Iowa where more than 200 prehistoric mounds were built by Native Americans.

Photos of Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarters
Photos of 2016-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarters

Early on Monday, Feb. 6, the quarter commemorating the site gets released into general circulation by the Federal Reserve. Then, later on the same day at noon ET, the public can start buying rolls and bags Effigy Mounds quarters directly from the U.S. Mint. Finally, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, the National Park Service and the United States Mint will formally unveil the new quarter at a ceremony in Waukon, Iowa.

Earlier this year, on Jan. 5, the U.S. Mint started selling proofs of all five 2017 quarters. Proof coins are minted for coin collectors, featuring sharper design detail, frosted foregrounds, and mirror-like backgrounds. To offer a better look at the Effigy Mounds quarter, we snapped several photos of proofs and share them now.

2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter - Obverse and Reverse
Obverse and reverse sides of an Effigy Mounds quarter

Obverses (heads) are common to all quarters, showcasing the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan.

Reverses of each America the Beautiful Quarter are emblematic of the site they honor. The quarter for Iowa is the 36th issue in the ATB series and the first of five for 2017. Designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the Effigy Mounds quarter depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. War. It was selected after some refinements following a review of 13 candidate designs. Inscribed around the design are EFFIGY MOUNDS, IOWA, 2017, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter -c
Compared to many proofs, the Effigy Mounds quarter design has less room for a mirrored surface since more than 3/4’s of it detail the mounds and surrounding landscape
2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter -a
Another closer view of the coin’s reverse
2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter
Yet one more photo of the reverse
2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter - edge,c
This CoinNews photo shows a better angle of the quarter’s reeded edge
2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter - Reverse, a
A photo of a quarter’s obverse
2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter - Reverse
Another view of an obverse

Near the middle of this month, the U.S. Mint will sell proofs of the 2017 quarters struck in silver. Towards the end of the month it will release a three-coin set of Effigy Mounds quarters that includes coins in both uncirculated and proof qualities. We’ll cover both of those releases here on CoinNews. For now, check out the Mint’s already-for-sale quarter products right here.

2017 America the Beautiful Quarters
CoinNews photo of a lens holding five coins of the 2017 ATB Quarters Proof Set, which was released earlier this year for $14.95.

The other four 2017 America the Beautiful quarters depict Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri, Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) in New Jersey, and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana.

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These do look like animal crackers but that is the image they have at the Effigy Mounds National Monument. So I guess we can’t blame the mint for a bad design on this one.