Frederick Douglass Quarters for D.C. in Three-Coin Set


Today, April 24, the United States Mint began selling three-coin sets of Frederick Douglass quarters for $9.95. The coins commemorate the national historic site in Washington, DC.

2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarters Three-Coin Set
2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarters Three-Coin Set (front and back)

This latest America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ is the second issue for 2017 and the thirty-seventh overall in the series that debuted in 2010.

Frederick Douglass quarters were released into circulation earlier in April, the same day that the U.S. Mint started selling rolls and bags of them in circulating quality. Quarters in this set are unlike those produced for circulation as they are minted to a higher quality, have collector finishes, and have lower mintages. The set includes:

  • 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

The mint mark on each quarter is located on its obverse (heads), on the right side of George Washington’s portrait, and under the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST.

2017-S Proof Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter
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 Frederick Douglass quarter. One of them is in each set. Designed by Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the coin’s reverse depicts Douglass seated at a writing desk, with his home in Washington, DC, in the background.

All three quarters are together, within a protective plastic card that shows a scenic photo of Frederick Douglass’ home, which is also depicted on the quarters. The backside of the card includes a very brief bio about Mr. Douglass, a description of the quarters’ design, and a signed certificate of authenticity.


Quarter products are available from the U.S. Mint’s website, right here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Photo 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarters Three-Coin Set
A CoinNews photo of this year’s first set which included quarters celebrating Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa

Many older three-coin sets remain available. Figures show their sales numbers range from about 10,390 to 24,800. This year’s first set featured quarters honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. Forthcoming sets for 2017 will feature quarters celebrating 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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Personally I’ll wait for the usual all denomination proof and mint sets to come out. But I’m glad he appears on this coin. Douglass was a great man–very articulate and focused on liberty for all–and I wish he was better known today. (Sample quote: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”) Maybe this issue will help.

Seth Riesling

Richard –

Thanks for sharing a great quotation from a great man who taught the value of literacy & the power of knowledge. I wonder what Mr. Douglass would think of the current “fake news” issue & social media aspect of spreading such misinformation. We need more role models like him for sure!