The 2016 Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument)
quarter dollar was officially launched Nov. 17 at Sullivan’s Island,
S.C., in ceremonies jointly conducted by the U.S. Mint and National Park Service.
The coin, 35th of the 56 to be issued in the America the Beautiful
Quarters Program, was released into general circulation through the
Federal Reserve on Nov. 14.
The Nov. 17 ceremony drew a crowd of 1,000 people, including 300 schoolchildren.
Event highlights included a coin forum the evening before, during
which the 67 attendees learned about upcoming Mint programs; a special
firing of reproduction muskets during the ceremony, by National Park
Service staff in period attire; and a coin exchange, where event
attendees traded their cash for $10 rolls of newly minted Fort
Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) quarter dollars.
U.S. Mint officials reported that $24,000 in face value of 2016-P
quarter dollars (96,000 coins) struck at the Philadelphia Mint were
exchanged. Children under 17 attending the ceremony received an
Uncirculated quarter dollar free of charge.
The coin commemorates an event occurring during the Revolutionary
War, in the June 28, 1776, defense of Fort Moultrie. The coin’s
reverse depicts Sgt. William Jasper returning the regimental flag to
the ramparts while under attack from British ships.
The design was created by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Richard Scott and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Joseph F. Menna.
“This new coin stands as a tribute to the bravery and self-sacrifice
of those who believed our fledgling Nation deserved a fighting
chance,” said U.S. Mint Chief Counsel Jean Gentry.
Additional participants in the Nov. 17 ceremony included Barclay
Trimble of the National Park Service Southeast Regional Office;
Timothy Stone, superintendent of the Fort Sumter National Monument;
Pat O’Neil, mayor of Sullivan’s Island; Dan Head, Regional Director
for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham; Kathy Crawford, regional director for
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott; Bill Saunders, regional director for U.S.
Representative Jim Clyburn; and Laurie Turner, regional director for
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford.
The Mint is offering products featuring the Fort Moultrie (Fort
Sumter National Monument) quarter for sale directly to the public.
To place an order, visit the bureau’s online catalog at http://catalog.usmint.gov/coin-programs/america-the-beautiful-quarters-program/
or call 800-872-6468.