Plans for the U.S.
Mint’s June 5 launch of the 2017 Ozark
National Scenic Riverways quarter dollar in Missouri remain on
track while workers at the currently closed park that is the scheduled
site for the launch clean up and make repairs caused by extensive
“Right now, in June is still the plan,” U.S. Mint spokesman Michael
White told Coin World May 11. “The park has not indicated otherwise.”
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The historic Alley Mill — depicted on the reverse of the quarter
dollar and the scheduled site of the coin launch — had a foot of water
on the main floor inside the structure before the waters began to
recede and cleanup began.
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Park officials report the water has been pumped out and the building
is drying. Damage is being evaluated by conservators and historic
architects with the objective of having repairs complete in time for
the quarter dollar launch festivities.
Other structures at the national park, including Big Spring Lodge,
were almost completely submerged in the floodwaters of the Current and
Jacks Fork rivers, when multiple torrential rainstorms in later April
caused the rivers to crest nearly 10 feet above their historic
Authorities are dealing with mud, sand, gravel, tree branches and
debris, as well as low-hanging electrical lines.
Unless announced otherwise, however, the quarter dollar launch
ceremony is still slated for 11 a.m. Central Time June 5 at the Alley
Spring and Mill, State Route 106, in Eminence, Mo.
The launch coincides with the coin’s release into general circulation.
Following the June 5 launch event in Missouri, attendees will be
able to exchange cash for $10 face value rolls of Uncirculated
circulation-quality 2017-P quarter dollars.
Security Bank of
the Ozarks is the sponsoring bank in charge of conducting the
A coin collector forum, during which collectors and U.S. Mint
representatives can exchange their views on U.S. Mint programs, is set
for 6 to 7 p.m. CT June 4 in the Nixon Room at Echo Bluff
State Park, 34489 Echo Bluff Drive, in Eminence.
The 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter dollar is the 38th
of 56 coins to be issued under the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
One coin is being issued for each of the 50 states, the District of
Columbia and the five U.S. territories, with a reverse design
reflective of a national park or historic site in each respective area.