The U.S. Mint has released two products this week, the first being the Shawnee National Forest 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, designed by Justin Kunz and engraved by Jim Licaretz, features a red-tailed hawk soaring over Camel Rock, with the inscriptions SHAWNEE, ILLINOIS, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and 2016 placed along the rim.
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.
The Shawnee National Forest quarter is the 31st release in the America the Beautiful quarters series, which will see a total of 56 designs issued before it concludes its run in 2021.
Next was today’s reissue of the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. First issued on January 11, this item includes a San Francisco-minted Proof version of each of the year’s five ATB quarters and is available for $14.95.
As noted previously, the set was pulled soon after its release when the Mint realized a photograph on its packaging did not feature Cumberland Gap National Historical Park as intended, but rather the similarly named Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Collectors purchased 12,000 sets with erroneous packaging before sales were halted, and the item has been kept off of the market for about a month while the Mint worked to fix the mistake.
2016’s ATB quarter designs feature the following sites:
- Shawnee National Forest, Illinois,
- Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky,
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia,
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota and,
- Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument), South Carolina.
More information on the 2016 quarter designs can be found here.
Portions of this article first appeared at Mint News Blog.