Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the latest national site featured in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program from the United States Mint. Quarter dollars emblematic of the scenic Riverways launched today, June 5, 2017, and are available in rolls and bags.
Ozark Riverways quarters are the 38th release in the series which debuted in 2010. They also mark the third issue in the program released this year. Available products include 40-coin rolls and 100-coin bags with the circulation-quality strikes produced at the U.S. Mint’s facilities in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
Ozark Riverways Quarter Designs
Nine design candidates were introduced in October 2015 for the reverse (tails side) image of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter. From those nine, national site officials, the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee made recommendations before the Secretary of the Treasury announced a final selection.
That selection was the work of artist Ron Sanders, with its sculpting completed by Renata Gordon. It depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in 1894 to produce flour. In the following U.S. Mint video, Gordon talks about her work in sculpting the coin:
The mill is still intact with visitors able to tour the site. "OZARK RIVERWAYS," "MISSOURI," "2017" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" can be found inscribed around the design. A few photographs of the coin follow. (See more Ozark Riverways quarter photos.)
All America the Beautiful coinage contain the same obverse portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The effigy by John Flanagan has been showcased on quarter dollars, with minor variations, since 1932. In addition to mandated inscriptions, obverses also have mintmarks of P, D or S to indicate where they were made.
Quarter Dollar Products
The Ozark Riverways quarter is available in the following options and price points:
|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|
All of these coins are produced in circulation quality but have never actually been released into circulation. Also, San Francisco quarters are only made for numismatic purposes such as these rolls and bags. Those from the Denver and Philadelphia Mints will appear in change at some point down the road but those from San Francisco will not.
Ordering, Ceremony and Coin Exchange
America the Beautiful coin rolls and bags may be ordered by visiting the U.S. Mint’s online store, found here. You may also order by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
An official launch ceremony for the Ozark Riverways quarter also kicked off at 11 AM today at the Alley Spring and Mill, State Route 106, Eminence, MO 65466. Attendees at the event can exchange cash for rolls of the new quarter.
2017 America the Beautiful Quarters
A total of five quarter dollars are released each year in the America the Beautiful Quarter series. (See quarters by year.) Appearing earlier in 2017 were strikes honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument of Iowa and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District of Columbia.
Later this year, quarters emblematic of New Jersey’s Ellis Island National Monument and Indiana’s George Rogers Clark National Historical Park will be issued.
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins
Along with these quarter dollars, the U.S. Mint also produces two different series of five ounce silver coins containing the same designs. Ozark National Scenic Riverways Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins launch today through the U.S. Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for small premiums above current spot pricing.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins will be sold directly to the public by the U.S. Mint beginning in July. Both programs are composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver with a diameter of 3.0 inches.