The official launch ceremony June 5 for the 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter dollar
was held just weeks after the Alley Spring and Mill site in Eminence,
Mo., was under flood waters.
More than 1,600 people, including 700 schoolchildren, attended the
event, after which Security Bank of the Ozarks, the sponsoring bank
in charge of conducting the coin exchange, exchanged $26,000 in face
value of Uncirculated circulation quality 2017-P quarter dollars. The
coins were exchanged in $10 rolls containing 40 coins each. Each
schoolchild was given a new quarter dollar free.
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A coin forum held the night before in the Nixon Room at Echo Bluff
State Park in Eminence drew 72 collectors, providing the
opportunity to exchange information and concerns with U.S. Mint
representatives and learn about current and upcoming Mint products.
The June 5 ceremony coincided with the release of the new quarter
dollar into general circulation through the Federal Reserve.
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The quarter’s reverse design depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill
built in 1894. This merchant mill was used to convert wheat into
flour. Much of the original milling equipment is still in place, and
visitors to the park can tour the mill.
“Vital to the community here a century ago, the mill stands as a
tribute to our ability to harness the power of the environment and
reminds us of a way of life heavily shaped by the remote and rugged
landscape in which it endured,” United States Mint senior adviser
Michele Satchell told onlookers.
Satchell shared the stage with former NASA astronaut Tom Akers, who
served as master of ceremonies of the event; U.S. Rep. Jason T. Smith,
R-Mo.; Patricia Trap, deputy regional director for the National Park
Service; Paul Fitzwater, Missouri state representative, who
represented Gov. Eric Greitens; Larry Johnson, superintendent of Ozark
National Scenic Riverways; David Stokely, southwest Missouri district
director for Sen. Claire McCaskill; and Caroline Yielding, field
representative for southeast Missouri, who represented Sen. Roy Blunt.
The quarter dollar’s designer, Ron Sanders, an artist in the Mint’s Artistic
Infusion Program, was also on hand.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to
protect a river system. The site encompasses 80,785 acres of unique
natural resources, including what the National Park Service describes
as a world-class spring system that is unparalleled in North America,
more than 400 caves, and other special geologic features.
The quarter dollar struck in honor of Ozark National Scenic
Riverways is the 38th release in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful
Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative authorized by Public Law
110-456, which honors 56 national parks and other national sites.
Each year through 2020, the public will see five new national sites
depicted on the reverses of the America the Beautiful Quarters; the
56th coin will be the program’s single release in 2020. The Mint is
issuing the quarter dollars in the order in which the national parks
or historic sites were officially established.
Products containing Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter dollars
are available for purchase directly from the U.S. Mint’s online
catalog, at www.catalog.usmint.gov.