U.S. Mint officials announced May 19 proposed themes the Mint’s engraving staff and Artistic Infusion Program artists may consider in designing the 2016 America the Beautiful quarter dollars.
The themes were announced during the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting in Philadelphia.
The themes were developed after consultation with representatives from the respective national parks and historic areas to be commemorated in 2016, according to April Stafford from the U.S. Mint.
The national parks and historic sites to be recognized with 2016 quarter dollars, and the suggested themes, are:
➤ Shawnee National Forest, Illinois — Under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, the Shawnee National Forest was congressionally recognized Sept. 6, 1939. Garden of the Gods Wilderness is designated an appropriate theme. Suggested rock formations from which the artists might draw inspiration are the iconic Camel Rock, as well as Table Rock and Devil’s Smokestack.
➤ Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky — Recognized by statute June 11, 1940. Located at the border where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet. Appropriate devices identified are Cumberland Gap, the natural notch in the mountains; and woodland bison and elk who used the gap.
➤ Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia — Declared a national monument in 1944 and a national historical park in 1963. Suggested design themes include abolitionist John Brown’s fort, the iron railroad bridge leading into Harpers Ferry, and a view from Jefferson Lock (which actually looks into Maryland and Virginia).
➤ Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota — Established in 1946 as a national wildlife refuge. Located in the Badlands of North Dakota. The park was established to memorialize the area’s importance in Roosevelt’s life and the key role it played in fostering his conservation ethics. Suggested design themes comprise a young Theodore Roosevelt on horseback, Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross cabin, and Riverbend Overlook.
➤ Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument), South Carolina — Fort Moultrie is managed as part of Fort Sumter National Monument, which was established in 1948. Fort Moultrie protected the city of Charleston and its strategically important harbor for 171 years, from the American Revolution through World War II. Suggested design themes include Sgt. William Jasper’s returning the regimental flag of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment to the fort’s ramparts after a British cannonball severed the flagpole during the Revolutionary War; an image of the fort; and images of the original cannons inside the fort.
Any proposed designs are mandated to be reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for recommendation to the Treasury secretary for final approval.