Today the U.S. Mint began taking orders for the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter 3-Coin Set, which includes one Uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, another from the Philadelphia Mint, and a Proof quarter struck at the San Francisco Mint. This set has no listed restrictions on production or orders per household, and is available for $9.95.
The coins are packaged in a plastic case that displays each quarter’s obverse and reverse. A photograph of the actual site is included on the front of the holder, while a description of the location is placed on the back, with a certificate of authenticity.
The reverse design for the Cumberland Gap quarter was created by Barbara Fox and engraved by Joseph Menna. The image depicts a frontiersman looking west over the Cumberland Gap, which was often crossed by pioneers on their way to Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Inscribed along the rim are CUMBERLAND GAP, KENTUCKY, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and 2016, with FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST included in the field above the mountains.
The obverse includes John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington, along with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, QUARTER DOLLAR, and a mint mark.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, established on June 11, 1940, extends into Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. For more information on the America the Beautiful Quarters program, please visit the Web site of the U.S. Mint. All five of this year’s quarter designs can be viewed here.