Effigy Mounds Quarters for Iowa in Three-Coin Set


Today, Feb. 27, the United States Mint released a three-coin set of Effigy Mounds quarters for $9.95. The coins commemorate the national monument in Iowa and feature an emblematic design of the site.

2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarters Three-Coin Set
2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarters Three-Coin Set (front and back)

This America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ is the first issue for 2017 and the thirty-sixth overall since the series debuted in 2010.

Effigy Mounds National Monument quarters launched into circulation in early February, around the time that the U.S. Mint started selling rolls and bags of them in circulating quality. These are standard coins for business, although the ones in U.S. Mint rolls and bags have never circulated.

Quarters within the three-coin set are more distinct because they are produced specifically for coin collectors. They are struck in higher quality, in varying collectible finishes, and have lower mintages. Coins of the set include:

  • One uncirculated coin from the U.S. Mint facility in Denver with a ‘D’ mint mark
  • One uncirculated coin from the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia with a ‘P’ mint mark
  • One proof coin from the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco with a ‘S’ mint mark (See proof Effigy Mounts quarter photos.)

Each quarter’s mint mark is on the obverse (heads), under the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST, which is to the right side of George Washington’s portrait.

2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter -c
Proof coins tend to have greater appeal because they have frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds. This CoinNews photo shows a closer view of a proof Effigy Mounds quarter. One of them is in each set. Compared to many proofs, the Effigy Mounds National Monument quarter design has less room for a mirrored surface since more than 3/4’s of its detail is an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group, as designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Renata Gordon.

The three quarters are protected within an attractive plastic card, which offers a scenic photo of Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument (www.nps.gov/efmo). The card’s back provides some brief information about the park, the quarter’s designs, and a Certificate of Authenticity.


Order quarter products from the U.S. Mint’s website, right here, or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Many older three-coin sets remain available. Figures show their sales range from about 11,630 to 24,730. Forthcoming sets for 2017 will feature quarters commemorating 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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