George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is the latest national site featured in the United States Mint program of America the Beautiful Quarters®. Coins emblematic of the national park in Indiana debuted today, Nov. 13, 2017, and are available in rolls and bags.
The park, which was once the location of the former British Fort Sackville, is on the Indiana-Illinois state line and midway between Terre Haute and Evansville. Not only does the park memorialize a remarkable man and his associates, it serves as a reminder for an important historical event in the American Revolution.
George Rogers Clark quarters mark the 40th design in the ATB series and are the last of five quarters from the U.S. Mint this year. Newly released products include 40-coin rolls and 100-coin bags of circulation-quality strikes from production facilities in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
George Rogers Clark Quarter Designs
The U.S. Mint originally unveiled thirteen different design candidates for the quarter’s reverse or tails side. Individuals charged with reviewing coin designs inspected the candidates, and then the Secretary of the Treasury made the final selection.
Created by Frank Morris, Artistic Infusion Program designer, and engraved by Michael Gaudioso, United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver, the selected artwork depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville. In the following U.S. Mint video, Gaudioso talks about his work on the quarter.
Inscriptions around the design read "GEORGE ROGERS CLARK," "INDIANA," "2017," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM." A few photographs of the coin follow. (See more George Rogers Clark quarter photos.)
America the Beautiful Quarters share a common obverse or heads side image of George Washington. John Flanagan created the portrait of the first President of the United States, and it has appeared on quarter dollars since 1932.
Obverse inscriptions read "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "QUARTER DOLLAR," and "IN GOD WE TRUST." In addition, mintmarks of ‘P,’ ‘D,’ or ‘S’ show the coin’s production location at the corresponding U.S. Mint facility in either Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco.
Quarter Dollar Products
Pricing and product options for the George Rogers Clark quarters are as follows:
|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||40 San Francisco, 40 Philadelphia, & 40 Denver||$46.95|
|100-coin bags||San Francisco||$34.95|
These coins are in circulation quality finish but have never actually circulated. Also, while Philadelphia- and Denver-minted quarters are released into circulation, those produced at the San Francisco Mint are created for numismatic purposes only, such as for these rolls and bags.
Ordering Quarter Rolls and Bags
George Rogers Clark quarter rolls and bags are available from the U.S. Mint’s online store, found here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Forum, Official Release Ceremony and Coin Exchange
The United States Mint and National Park Service will host an official quarter release ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Its location will be near the
national park at the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N 2nd St., Vincennes, IN 47591. After the ceremony, attendees can swap cash for rolls of the new quarter.
There is also a U.S. Mint-hosted coin forum later today, Nov. 13, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The forum gives the public an opportunity to ask questions of Mint officials. It will be held at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center.
2017 America the Beautiful Quarters
Five different coins appear annually in the America the Beautiful Quarter series. (See quarters by year.) Previous 2017 quarters honor Effigy Mounds National Monument of Iowa, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District of Columbia, Ozark National Scenic Riverways of Missouri, and Ellis Island in New Jersey.
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins
The design on George Rogers Clark quarters is also on larger, 5-ounce silver coins. This includes bullion strikes sold through the U.S. Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a premium above the melt value of the silver contained in each coin.
A Philadelphia Mint-struck George Rogers Clark Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin launches on Dec. 5. The U.S. Mint will sell these uncirculated coins directly to the public for $149.95.
Both coin issues are composed of .999 fine silver and have a diameter of three inches.