Design candidate images for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters have recently been provided by the United States Mint. This will represent the seventh year of the America the Beautiful Quarters program, which features a national park or site in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia in the order federally designated.
The coins for 2016 will feature the following sites:
- Shawnee National Forest in Illinois
- Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
- Fort Moultrie (For Sumter National Memorial) in South Carolina
There is a lengthy process involved in creating the designs for the America the Beautiful Quarters which involves many parties. The process begins when the federal entity which is responsible for the site appoints a liaison to assist the United States Mint with identifying source materials for the candidate designs. From the source materials, the US Mint prepares an initial field of design candidates, which focus on focus on aesthetic beauty, historical accuracy, authenticity, appropriateness, and coinability.
The initial candidates are reviewed by the liaison for the site who ensures that each design is historically accurate, authentic, and appropriately represents the site. Additional considerations such as legal rights to the images used in the designs and coinability may also come into play.
A final slate of design candidates are submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, the chief executive of the host jurisdiction of the site, the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for review and comment. After these groups offer their feedback and recommendations, the US Mint may make changes to address any suggestions. The Director of the United States Mint then makes a final recommendation to the Secretary of the Treasury who has the authority to select the final design.
The design candidates which appear below are those which were provided to the CFA and CCAC for their review. The design numbers sometimes have gaps, which may represent the elimination of some candidates during the initial review phase.
Detailed coverage of the CCAC’s discussion of the designs and their recommendations has been published today on Coin Update. An article on the CFA’s recommendations will follow.
Shawnee National Forest Quarter Design Candidates
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter Design Candidates
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Design Candidates
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Design Candidates
Fort Moultrie Quarter Design Candidates