Vincennes, IN – The United States Mint (Mint) held a ceremony today near the Wabash River to officially launch the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter, the 40th release in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program and the final coin of 2017.
The reverse (tails side) design featured on this latest quarter depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville.
“This new coin is a reminder of the unity of effort and spirit that our predecessors embodied and demonstrated,” said Acting Deputy Director David Motl, who represented the Mint. “The foresight, comradery, and determination of George Rogers Clark and his men are important examples to all of us as to how individuals from different backgrounds are able to come together, work toward achieving the same objective, and create a lasting impression.”
Motl shared the stage with a host of speakers including Park Superintendent Frank Doughman and City Council Member Dan Ravellette. Regional Director Tony Goben, District Director Brenda Goff and District Director Carol Jones spoke on behalf of U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon, respectively.
Additional highlights included performances by the George Rogers Clark Fife and Drum Corps and the Vogel Elementary School Choir, and an appearance by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Frank Morris, who designed the quarter’s reverse. The Mint’s traditional coin exchange of newly-minted $10 quarter rolls was held after the ceremony.
Collectors who could not attend the event may purchase product options with the new quarter through the Mint’s online catalog at www.catalog.usmint.gov or by calling 1-800 -USA-MINT (872-6468).
Launched in 2009, the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which was authorized by Public Law 110-456, the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Act), is a 12-year program that honors 56 national parks and other national sites. Each year until 2020, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverses of the America the Beautiful Quarters coins. A final coin will be released in 2021. In accordance with the Act, the Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which each site was first established as a national site.
About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold, and platinum bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers. The Mint is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year (#USMint225).