2016 America the Beautiful Quarters

America The Beautiful
Quarters Obverse

Washington Bust ATB Quarter coin Obverse
ATB Quarter Specifications
Cladding Contentcopper/nickel
Core Content 100% copper
Weight 5.7 grams
Edge Reeded
Diameter 24.3 mm
Obverse DesignerJohn Flanagan

The America The Beautiful® Quarter program was authorized with the passage on October 20, 1996 of the United States Commemorative Quarter Act, a program supposed to recognizing each of the fifty states with its own circulating quarter. An independent study encouraged Congress to proceed with the program and a green light was given to this unprecedented coin series, and President Clinton signed it into law.

Under this program, each state was to be celebrated with its own unique reverse design on the Washington Quarter. The quarters obverse was to remained essentially the same, however, some of the statutory inscriptions were relocated to the obverse to make room for the new commemorative reverse design. The modified obverse bears the initials of both the original sculptor, John Flanagan (JF) and the U. S. Mint sculptor/engraver responsible for revising it, William Cousins (WC).

The Territorial Quarter series followed the State Quarter program and following that series, came the America the Beautiful® series honoring the various National Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas. It's uncertain if the regular Washington type, and the heraldic eagle reverse, will ever return.

Illinois

Shawnee America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Shawnee N.F.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Shawnee ATB Quarters
2016 P
2016 D
Reverse Designer Justin Kunz

The Shawnee National Forest is a United States National Forest located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois. Administered by the Forest Service, it consists of approximately 280,000 acres (1,100 km2) of federally managed lands. It is located in parts of Pope, Jackson, Union, Hardin, Alexander, Saline, Gallatin, Johnson, and Massac counties. The Shawnee National Forest is also the single largest publicly owned body of land in the state of Illinois.

During the Illinoian Stage (between 352,000 to 132,000 years ago), the Laurentide ice sheet covered up to 85 percent of Illinois. The southern margin of this ice sheet was located within what is now the area of the Shawnee National Forest. Designated as the Illini and Shawnee Purchase Units, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared these purchase units to be the Shawnee National Forest in September 1939. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

"The inscriptions are SHAWNEE, ILLINOIS, 2016, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Kentucky

Cumberland Gap America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Cumberland Gap
N.H.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
CUMBERLAND GAP ATB Quarters
2016 P
2016 D
Reverse Designer Barbara Fox

The Cumberland Gap is a narrow pass through the long ridge of the Cumberland Mountains, within the Appalachian Mountains, near the junction of the states of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. It was famous in American colonial history for its role as a key passageway through the lower central Appalachians.

Long used by Native Americans, the Cumberland Gap was brought to the attention of settlers in 1750 by Dr. Thomas Walker, a Virginia physician and explorer. The path was explored by a team of frontiersmen led by Daniel Boone, making it accessible to pioneers who used it to journey into the western frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was established on June 11, 1940. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The coin inscriptions are CUMBERLAND GAP, KENTUCKY, FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

West Virginia

Harpers Ferry America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Harpers Ferry
N.H.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Harpers Ferry ATB Quarters
2016 P
2016 D
Reverse Designer Thomas Hipschen

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in and around Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The park includes land in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Originally designated as a National Monument in 1944, the park was declared a National Historical Park by the U.S. Congress in 1963 consisting of almost 4,000 acres (16 km2). The park includes the historic town of Harpers Ferry, notable as a center of 19th century industry and as the scene of John Brown's abolitionist uprising.

John Brown led an armed group in the capture of the armory in 1859. Brown had hoped he would be able to arm the slaves and lead them against U.S. forces in a rebellion to overthrow slavery. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The inscriptions are HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA, JOHN BROWN'S FORT, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt Park America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Theodore Roosevelt
N.P.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Theodore Roosevelt ATB Quarters
2016 P
2016 D
Reverse Designer Joel Iskowitz

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a United States National Park comprising three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota. The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and covers 70,446 acres (110.072 sq mi; 285.08 km2) of land in three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit.

The park's smaller North Unit is situated about 80 mi (130 km) north of the larger South Unit, it is located just south of Watford City, North Dakota. Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch is located between the two, approximately 20 mi (32 km) west of Fairfield, North Dakota. The Little Missouri River flows through all three units of the park and the Maah Daah Hey Trail connects all three units. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The inscriptions are THEODORE ROOSEVELT, NORTH DAKOTA, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

South Carolina

Ft. Moultrie America the Beautiful Quarter Coin reverse

Fort Moultrie at
Fort Sumter N.M.

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Fort Moultrie ATB Quarters
2016 P
2016 D
Reverse Designer Richard Scott

Fort Moultrie is a series of fortifications on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, built to protect the city of Charleston, South Carolina. The first fort, built of palmetto logs, inspired the flag and nickname of South Carolina, "The Palmetto State". It is named for the commander in the Battle of Sullivan's Island, General William Moultrie.

Fort Moultrie is the only area of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense (1776 1947) can be traced. However, Fort Moultrie is not a monument by itself, it is counted as a feature of the larger Fort Sumter National Monument. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The inscriptions are FORT MOULTRIE, SOUTH CAROLINA, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

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