*NOTE: All 64 images can be seen toward the bottom of this post*
In total, 64 design proposals were submitted for review by panels
appointed to make recommendations in the process of choosing the
reverses of the five America the Beautiful quarter dollars to be
struck and issued by the U.S. Mint in 2019.
The Citizens Coinage
Advisory Committee reviewed the proposed coin designs Sept. 19,
with the Commission of
Fine Arts to evaluate the same designs on Sept. 20 and make recommendations.
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Feb. 15, the CCAC discussed by teleconference proposed design
themes for the five 2019 quarter dollars, from which design sketches
have now been rendered by members of the U.S. Mint's engraving
staff and outside artists with the U.S. Mint's Artistic
The entities the 2019 quarter dollar designs commemorate, followed
by the number of designs submitted on the theme, are:
➤ Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts) — 18 designs
➤ American Memorial Park (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands) — nine designs
➤ War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam) — 10 designs
➤ San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas) — 15 designs
➤ Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho) — 22 designs
During its Sept. 19 session, CCAC members made definitive
recommendations for designs for four of the quarter dollars and
selected a design for a fifth coin but asked the Mint to make further
refinements that could be reviewed at a later meeting.
Refinements were requested to the preferred American Memorial Park
design. The design features a Chamorro boy saluting the American flag
while resting on the shoulder of a soldier at the Memorial Court of
Honor and Flag Circle. The memorial honors the sacrifice made by those
who lost their lives in the Mariana Campaign during World War II. The
panel's recommendations involved aspects of perspective in the design.
Primary discussion among CCAC members centered on adjusting the
relationship between the background and foreground elements, with
suggestions that the flags in the background be reduced in size or
faded back and the two people in the foreground be enlarged.
The recommended design for the Lowell National Historical Park
quarter dollar depicts a mill girl spinning thread that is stylized to
look like water, indicating the importance of the canal system
powering the mills throughout the factories at Lowell. A water wheel
is in the background.
The recommended design for the War in the Pacific National
Historical Park quarter dollar portrays a wave of American forces
coming ashore at Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops already
on the island in the fight for the island of Guam and its eventual
liberation during World War II.
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For the 2019 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the CCAC
recommended a design incorporating elements of the Spanish Colonial
real coin, in its iconography and composition of four quadrants, to
pay tribute to the missions. Within the quadrants are symbols of the
missions. Wheat symbolizes farming and cultivation of the mission
lands. The arches and a bell tower symbolize fortress, community and
home. A heraldic lion represents Spanish cultural heritage. A symbol
of the San Antonio River represents irrigation methods and
life-sustaining resources harnessed by the missions.
The recommended Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness quarter
dollar for Idaho depicts a scene found far from human habitation,
focusing on tall conifers and a wolf against a star-filled sky,
evoking a sense of remoteness.