The 2017 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set features all five 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters minted in 90 percent silver, also known as “coin silver.” The silver in these coins can be seen by viewing the edge of the coin in the lens.
United States Mint proof coins feature sharp relief and a mirror–like background. Their sculpted, frosted foregrounds give them an exceptional cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished, and cleaned to ensure high–quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief. The coins are then packaged in a protective lens to showcase and maintain their exceptional finish.
The 2017 edition of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is the eighth annual release.
Each coin in the America the Beautiful series features a common obverse (heads) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The 2017 reverse (tails) of these coins honor the sites below with the following designs:
Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa
This design depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “EFFIGY MOUNDS,” “IOWA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in District of Columbia
This design depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, DC, in the background. Inscriptions are “FREDERICK DOUGLASS,” “DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri
This design depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in 1894. This merchant mill was used to convert wheat into flour. Much of the original milling equipment is still in place, and visitors to the park can tour the mill. Inscriptions are “OZARK RIVERWAYS,” “MISSOURI,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Ellis Island in New Jersey
This design depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. The hospital building can be seen in the background. Inscriptions are “ELLIS ISLAND,” “NEW JERSEY,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana
This design depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville. Inscriptions are “GEORGE ROGERS CLARK,” “INDIANA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”