Suggested themes for the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff and Artistic Infusion Program artists to consider
for the 2016 America the Beautiful quarter dollars have been announced.
The themes were presented May 19 during the Citizens Coinage Advisory
Committee meeting in Philadelphia.
According to April Stafford, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of
Design Management, the themes were developed after consultation with
representatives from the respective national park or historic area
The national parks and historic sites to be recognized with 2016
quarter dollars for circulation, collector sets, and 5-ounce silver
bullion and numismatic version follow, along with suggested themes:
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 has been
designated an appropriate theme. Suggested rock formations from which
to 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, which 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
Revolution; an image of the fort; and images of the original cannons
inside the fort.
Any proposed designs submitted through the Mint 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.