As of noon today, bags and rolls of 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter dollars will be available for purchase from the Mint. The design, which represents Missouri’s chosen national historic site, is the third release of 2017 in the America the Beautiful program (preceded by Effigy Mounds National Monument and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site), and is the 38th in the program overall.
Each reverse depicts a view of Alley Mill, a beautiful and historic site situated on the Jacks Fork River, which flows from the mill in the distance toward the viewer. Trees frame the scene at left and right, with a suggestion of forest in the deep background behind the mill. A wide, plain rim holds the incused legends OZARK RIVERWAYS (at top), MISSOURI (at lower left), and E PLURIBUS UNUM (at lower right). The date is placed on the rim at the bottom of the design.
Clad quarters are composed of outer layers of copper-nickel (.750 copper, .250 nickel) bonded to an inner core of pure copper, for a total composition of 8.33% nickel, 91.67% copper. Each weighs 5.670 grams and measures 24.26 mm in diameter. The edges are reeded. The products available from noon today are as follows:
|100-coin bag (P)||$34.95||17ABG|
|100-coin bag (D)||$34.95||17ABH|
|100-coin bag (S)||$34.95||17ABJ|
|2-roll set (P,D)||$32.95||17ARG|
|40-coin roll (S)||$18.95||17ARH|
|3-roll set (P,D,S)||$46.95||17ARJ|
The three-coin set (17AF), which contains Uncirculated quarters from the Philadelphia and Denver mints and a Proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint, will be available at noon on June 26. The 5-ounce silver Uncirculated version of the coin should follow shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, at 11:00 this morning the Mint’s launch ceremony kicked off at Alley Spring and Mill. One of the most popular visitor and photo sites among the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Alley Mill sits on the Jacks Fork River near Eminence, Missouri. The building, which contains a steel roller mill for grinding wheat into flour, was erected in 1894. According to the Springfield News-Leader, the quarter design featuring Alley Mill had strong competition from a design featuring a softshell turtle emerging from the river to peer at a kayaker. In the end, the mill design won out because it captured the national historic location specifically, whereas the turtle design could be from any river. (Coin Update will post images from the launch ceremony when they become available.)
Ozark National Scenic Riverways was established to protect 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers in the Ozark Highlands of southeastern Missouri. Click here for more images of Alley Spring and Mill. ❑