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2017 marks the eighth year of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program

January 2017

For the eighth year, the Federal Reserve Banks are preparing for the continuation of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program (Off-site Link). Since 2010, the U.S. Mint has issued five new quarter-dollar coins each year featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites. All 56 coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program are expected to be introduced by 2021.


New quarters to be released

The following quarters are scheduled for release in 2017:

Quarter2017 Release Date1
Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa February 6
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. April 3
Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri June 5
Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) in New Jersey August 28
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana November 13

To be considered for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a site must be under the supervision, management or conservancy of the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or any similar department or agency of the federal government. The five national sites depicted in 2017 will join those introduced in previous years, including Shawnee National Forest (Off-site Link), Gettysburg National Military Park (Off-site Link) and Yosemite National Park (Off-site Link), to name a few. You can reference the America the Beautiful Quarters National Site Register (Off-site Link) to read more about each national site to be honored through 2021.

Coin Trivia: Why are the flip sides of coins “flipped”?2

Why is the picture on the back of a coin upside-down compared to the front? All U.S. coinage is produced in this way, commonly called a “coin turn.” U.S. Mint Research has not determined the exact reason for this tradition, and it is not required by law. The alternative is called a “medal turn.” In that case, the back and front have the same orientation because medals are traditionally made to hang from a ribbon at the top.


1Release dates are subject to change, and new coin designs will not be released prior to the dates provided.

2SOURCE:  U.S. Mint website (Off-site Link)

“America the Beautiful Quarters” is a registered trademark of the United States Mint.

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