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Fifth 2017 Quarter Released Featuring George Rogers Clark

United States Mint Coins

United States Mint Coins. Credit: Twitter / @usmint

The fifth and overall fortieth coin from the U.S. Mint’s series of America the Beautiful Quarters® honored the national site, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park by featuring it in the quarter. The emblematic coins depicting the national park in Indiana debuted recently on November 13, 2017, and are reportedly available in rolls and bags.

The Background

The quarter depicts frontiersmen, crossing the flooded Wabash River, under the command of Col. George Rogers Clark, to confront the British at Fort Sackville in 1779. Clark’s victory at Fort Sackville, which is the modern-day Vincennes, Indiana, is considered one of the greatest feats of the American Revolution. The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park named as a National Park in 1966, is located on the Indiana-Illinois state line and midway between Terre Haute and Evansville, and serves as a reminder of the significant historical event.

The Artists

The coin was designed by award-winning artist, designer, and illustrator, Frank Morris, Artistic Infusion Program designer, and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver. In the 2017 ATB quarter program context, Gaudioso stated that it was fun and interesting to work on the era coins.

Characteristics

The design features George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains and approaching the Fort Sackville.

The reverse inscriptions around the design include, (a) George Rogers Clark, (b) Indiana, (c) E Pluribus Unum, and (d) 2017. The obverse inscriptions include, (a) the United States of America, (b) Liberty, (c) In God We Trust, and (d) Quarter Dollar. In America, the Beautiful Quarters share a common obverse (heads) side image of George Washington that was created by sculptor John Flanagan. Also, the mintmarks of ‘P,’ ‘D,’ or ‘S’ show the location of the coin’s production at the corresponding U.S. Mint facility of Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco.

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American Silver Eagle

American Silver Eagle

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