The United States
Mint will put the Uncirculated 2017-P George Rogers Clark National Historical Park 5-ounce
silver quarter dollar on sale at noon ET Dec. 5.
It is the last of five to be issued in 2017 and the 40th of 56
scheduled for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The 3-inch .999 fine silver coin is limited to a maximum release of
25,000 coins. The price of the coin is set at $149.95.
U.S. Mint welcomes a fourth metal to the
American Eagle bullion program.
Also in this week’s print issue of Coin World, we teach our readers
about what a “weak-fatty” gold coin is and why you don’t want one in
Representing the federal park in Vincennes, Indiana, the coin’s
reverse features Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark leading his men through
the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville, which was near
Vincennes, in late February 1779.
The coin’s reverse was designed by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion
Program artist Frank Morris and engraved by U.S. Mint Medallic
Sculptor Michael Gaudioso.
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Situated along the Wabash River, the 26.17-acre George
Rogers Clark National Historical Park, named a national park on
July 23, 1966, contains the George Rogers Clark Memorial, which
commemorates the achievements of Clark and his frontiersmen during the
The memorial was designed and constructed between 1927 and 1936. It
is the largest memorial outside of Washington, D.C., and the largest
placed on a battlefield within the United States. The rotunda boasts
seven large murals and a bronze statue of Clark.
According to the U.S. Mint’s narrative for offering the coin:
“Following Clark’s capture of British posts at Kaskaskia and Cahokia
in 1778, (in the Illinois country along the Mississippi River) he led
his small contingent of men in a daunting mid-winter march of 157
miles that culminated in the surrender of the British garrison at Fort
Sackville on February 25, 1779. Clark’s daring surprise capture of the
fort is considered one of the greatest feats of the American Revolution.”
The Uncirculated version of the 5-ounce silver coin is struck at the
Philadelphia Mint and bears the facility’s P Mint mark. The coins,
which receive a post-strike finish, are sold at a fixed price to the public.