The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the
Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin set for the Frederick Douglass National
Historic Site coin on April 24 at noon Eastern Time.
Priced at $9.95, this set contains one
Uncirculated Frederick Douglass quarter dollar from the Philadelphia
Mint, one Uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and one Proof
version from the San Francisco Mint.
The coins are held in a plastic card with an image of the Frederick
Douglass National Historic Site. A certificate of authenticity is
printed on the back of the card.
The reverse design of each quarter dollar depicts Frederick Douglass
seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, D.C., in the
background. Inscriptions are FREDERICK DOUGLASS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,
2017, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Douglass is widely considered one of the most influential Americans
of the 19th century. He was born a slave circa February 1818 in
Maryland on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, in Talbot County.
At about the age of 12, the sister-in-law of the woman who owned him
began teaching him the alphabet, though she later stopped his lessons
because of her husband’s objections that slavery and education were
incompatible. Nonetheless, Douglass defied the sentiments of the
slave-owning society and continued to learn to read by observing white
children and the white men he served. He also began teaching other
slaves to read as well.
In September 1838, Douglass successfully escaped slavery by boarding
a train traveling north. After a journey aboard several trains, a
steam-ferry, and by foot, he reached Philadelphia and then New York City.
He became preacher in 1839 and began improving his oratorical
skills, while also becoming increasingly involved in the abolitionist movement.
Douglass became a skilled writer and would eventually write three
autobiographies; his first, Narrative of the Life of Frederick
Douglass, an American Slave, was published in 1845.
In the name of abolition, he would travel the nation and later
Europe, though not without some personal cost. During an 1843 tour of
the free states, he was assaulted by a pro-slavery mob in Indiana and
received injuries to a hand that he suffered from for the remainder of
In the mid-1840s, following a tour to Europe, Douglass founded the
famed abolitionist newspaper, The North Star. He would also
publish other newspapers.
During the 1850s, he became an increasingly influential force in the
abolitionist movement, as well as a supporter of women’s rights. While
he met with abolitionists like John Brown who advocated an armed slave
rebellion, Douglass objected to Brown’s attack on the federal armory
at Harper’s Ferry, Md.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Douglass joined others in
advocating that black Americans be allowed to enlist in the Army.
After the end of the war, Douglass continued to advocate suffrage
for not only black men but for women as well.
He died on Feb. 20, 1895.
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Orders for the three-coin will be accepted at
https://catalog.usmint.gov/ and at 800-872-6468.