2017 National Park Quarters
In 2017, the United States Mint maintained the momentum of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, releasing five new designs that celebrated the nation's remarkable National Parks and other significant sites, showcasing the diverse beauty and rich history of the United States. The first quarter of 2017 honored Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa, featuring an aerial view of the monument's iconic earthen mounds shaped like animals, reflecting the ancient cultures and the unique landscape of the region. The second quarter paid tribute to Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., depicting the famed abolitionist and writer in front of his Cedar Hill home, symbolizing his tireless fight for freedom and equality. The third quarter celebrated Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri, showcasing the park's historic Alley Mill, a prominent landmark representing the region's cultural heritage and the beauty of the Ozark waterways. The fourth quarter, commemorating Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) in New Jersey, featured an immigrant family arriving at the island with the iconic Statue of Liberty in the background, highlighting the nation's rich history of immigration and the pursuit of the American Dream. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2017 honored George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana, showcasing the frontiersman leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville, symbolizing their resilience and determination during the Revolutionary War. These quarters were minted in limited quantities, engaging collectors and the general public while fostering a deeper appreciation for the nation's natural beauty and historic landmarks.