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2019 America the Beautiful quarter designs on agenda

*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 Infusion Program.

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. 

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