Passing showers didn’t dampen the spirits April 4 of some 300 people
who attended the U.S.
Mint’s official launch ceremony in Washington, D.C., for the 2017
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Attendees included 75 local schoolchildren, each of whom was given a
free Uncirculated circulation-quality example of the new quarter dollar.
The 2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site was released into
general circulation through the Federal Reserve on April 3.
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Participants in the April 4 coin launch ceremony included Dave Motl,
acting principal deputy director of the U.S. Mint; Frederick Douglass
National Historic Site Superintendent Tara D. Morrison; National Park
Service Acting Director Michael Reynolds; and Thomas R. Hipschen, the U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist and former
Bureau of Engraving and Printing engraver who designed the reverse for
the Frederick Douglass quarter dollar.
Hipschen’s design was sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
Also participating were Maryland area homeschooled students
Gabrielle Sutherland and Silas Montgomery, winners in the 2016 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest, who
delivered recitations of Frederick Douglass speeches.
Motl provided remarks on Douglass’ contributions to American history.
“Even at a young age, Frederick Douglass realized the value of
literacy and the power of knowledge,” said David Motl. “This new coin
honors one of the most influential African-American leaders of the
19th century, whose brilliant words will continue to inspire us for
generations to come.
“My favorite among the many great quotes of Frederick Douglass is
‘man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper
application of his powers to things needed to be done.’ ”
Following the ceremony, participants exchanged cash for $11,000 face
value of 2017-P Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarter
dollars offered in 40-coin, $10 rolls. Industrial Bank sponsored the
Hipschen autographed many paper-wrapped coin rolls for attendees.
A coin forum was held the afternoon of April 3 at U.S. Mint
headquarters, where attendees could provide input on U.S. coin
programs and receive feedback from Mint officials.
The quarter dollar is the 37th of 56 to be issued under the America
the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The program calls for one coin to be issued showcasing a national
park or historic site in each of the 50 states, as well as the
District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories: The Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.