The United States Mint issued the following news release July 22 :
United States Mint Announces 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Program Coin Designs
WASHINGTON - The United States Mint (Mint) today announced the five new reverse (tails side) designs that will appear on the 2016 coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The 2016 coins honor Shawnee National Forest (Ill.), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Ky.), Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (W.Va.), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (N.D.), and Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument (S.C.).
Shawnee National Forest
The design depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground and a red-tailed hawk soaring in the sky overhead. Inscriptions are SHAWNEE, ILLINOIS, 2016, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Justin Kunz and will be engraved by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
The design features a frontiersman gazing across the mountains to the West. Many pioneers used Cumberland Gap on their journey into the western frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee. Inscriptions are CUMBERLAND GAP, KENTUCKY, 2016, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST. The reverse was designed by AIP artist Barbara Fox and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
The design features John Brown Fort, the site of John Brown's last stand during his raid on the Harper's Ferry Armory. Inscriptions are HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA, 2016, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by AIP artist Thomas Hipschen and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.