This article presents photos of Indiana’s George Rogers Clark quarter, the last of this year’s five coins from the United States Mint’s series of America the Beautiful Quarters®.
Several coin events kick off next week to celebrate George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, the area where Clark led his men to take Fort Sackville from the British during the American Revolution.
On Monday, Nov. 13, the quarter commemorating the park launches into circulation and the United States Mint begins selling them in rolls and bags. The next day, on Nov. 14, the U.S. Mint and National Park Service will introduce the quarter in an official ceremony.
The U.S. Mint already released several products for collectors that include special proof and uncirculated versions of the quarter, including:
- Five 2017 proof quarters for $14.95.
- Five 2017 proof silver quarters for $31.95.
- Ten 2017 uncirculated quarters for $12.95.
Proof coins show sharper 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 more detail and brilliance.
To offer a better look at George Rogers Clark quarters, we photographed several proof and uncirculated editions and share them now.
Obverses (heads) are common to all quarters, showcasing the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan.
America the Beautiful Quarter reverses are emblematic of the site they honor. The quarter for Indiana is the 40th issue in the quarter series and the final of five for 2017.
Designed by Frank Morris and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter features Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville.
It was selected from candidate designs that were developed in consultation with representatives of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. Inscribed around the design are GEORGE ROGERS CLARK, INDIANA, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
2017-S Clad Proof George Rogers Clark Quarter Photos
The San Francisco Mint produces proof quarters. Photos of a clad version are shown in this section while photos of a silver version are in the next section.
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 Silver Proof George Rogers Clark Quarter Photos
These photos show a silver proof quarter. The Mint’s silver coins struck for numismatic proof sets are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper.
Clad vs. Silver
It is often hard 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.
Instead of using a scale to verify weights, look at a coin’s edge. Clad quarters have a visible copper layer.
2017 Clad Uncirculated George Rogers Clark Quarter Photos
Uncirculated quarters are made at the Denver and Philadelphia Mints, the same two plants that strike coins for circulation.
2017 America the Beautiful Quarters
The earlier released 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 Ellis Island in New Jersey. Learn more about them in the CoinNews section on quarter releases.