The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended reverse designs Sept. 23 for the five America the Beautiful quarter dollars to be put into circulation in 2016.
The designs were recommended during the first day of a two-day CCAC meeting in Washington.
Designs were recommended for the 2016 America the Beautiful quarter dollars for Shawnee National Forest (Illinois); Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky); Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia); Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota); and Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument).
During the day’s discussions of the proposed designs, CCAC Chairman Gary Marks reminded fellow CCAC members to review the designs presented by the Mint in the size reduced to the 24.3-millimeter quarter dollar canvas. Doing so provides better insight into how the designs might look on the finished coin, Marks said.
Overall, CCAC members were looking for designs specifically representing the attributes of each park or historic site honored without appearing like a post card.
CCAC members were also looking for designs that included open fields, or negative space, offering opportunities for the use of Proof polishing techniques, and laser frosting on the devices, especially on the collector versions.
The CCAC split with the Commission of Fine Arts on four of the five designs. The commission reviewed the same coin designs during its Sept. 18 meeting in Washington, D.C.
Shawnee National Forest
The proposed design recommended for the Shawnee National Forest quarter dollar depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground. A red-tailed hawk soars in the sky overhead.
The design shows one of the more popular sedimentary rock formations, which was sculptured over the eons by wind and water, at the park in southern Illinois.