Update, 2:35 p.m.: The CCAC has chosen the following designs for the Effigy Mounds and Ellis Island ATB quarters. The Effigy Mounds image was recommended by representatives of the park, as well as by members of the CCAC; design 2 was a close runner-up. Representatives of Ellis Island declined to make a recommendation; for that site, designs 10 and 1A garnered enough votes to come in second and third, respectively.
1:00 p.m.: The U.S. Mint has shared new design candidates for the Effigy Mounds National Monument and Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) America the Beautiful quarters, due for release in 2017. Members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) discussed potential designs for these issues back in October, but were unable to recommend any of the options available to them at that time. The current groups include several new design submissions, as well as some of the stronger candidates considered last year.
The CCAC will hold a meeting today, February 16, in Washington D.C. to discuss designs and put forward their recommendations. The candidates are presented below, followed by descriptions provided by the Mint; click on the images to get a closer look.
IA-01 depicts a deer in the foreground and a view of an effigy mound in the background; IA-02 depicts a Peregrine Falcon, part of a release program in the park, holding an arrowhead with an image of an effigy mound in the shape of a bird, from the Marching Bear Mound Group. May apple wildflowers, commonly seen in the park, are featured to the left and right of the arrowhead. The arrowhead was incorporated as a reference to the indigenous people credited with building the mounds, as well as to the National Park Service’s conservation efforts; IA-03 depicts a young man, pausing during an exploratory hike to consider a Bear Mound. The hiker’s posture signals his great respect as captioned in the additional inscription “Respect for the Old Ones.” May apple wildflowers and other foliage are seen in the foreground; IA-04 features a bird’s eye view of mounds from the Marching Bear Group and visitors seen on the left and right of the mounds; IA-05 and IA-06 depict either a hiker or family visiting the Mounds; IA-07, IA-08, IA-09, IA-10, and IA-11 depict variations on an aerial view of effigy mounds. The mounds shown are part of the Marching Bear Group.
IA-12 depicts a close-up view of an effigy bear mound, one of many that comprise the Marching Bear Group. Visitors can be seen in the background, with May apple wildflowers in the foreground; IA-13 and IA-14 depict a graphic representation of the effigy mounds; IA-15 depicts an aerial view of an effigy mound in the shape of a bird. This particular mound is part of the Marching Bear Group, a collection of mounds located in the South Unit of the monument. The additional inscription reads “Bird Effigy”; IA-16 and IA-17 depict aerial views of Great Bear Mound, the monument’s largest mound.
IA-18, IA-18A, and IA-18B depict variations on an aerial view of three effigy mounds that are part of the 15 mounds that comprise the Marching Bear Group. Designs IA-18 and 18A contain the additional inscription “Marching Bear Group”; IA-19 features a bird effigy and a bear effigy against a depiction of the Mississippi River as seen from Fire Point Outlook. The inscriptions read “Air,” Water,” Earth,” and “And People”; IA-20 and IA-21 depict hands holding earth with a bird effigy above. Design IA-21 also features the Mississippi River in the background and mounds from the Marching Bear Group; IA-22, IA-22A, and IA-22B depict the Mississippi River in the background and a bird effigy at the top of the design. The lower halves of the designs feature variations of the bear effigies. Design IA-22 also features the inscriptions “Air,” Water,” and “Land.”
IA-23 depicts a bird effigy with a lush forest in the background.
Effigy Mounds National Monument is located along the Mississippi River in Harper’s Ferry, Iowa. The Monument preserves a series of more than 200 Native American burial mounds shaped like a variety of animals, including bears and birds. The site was designated a National Monument in 1949.
NJ-01, NJ-01A, NJ-02, NJ-03, NJ-03A, NJ-04, NJ-05, and NJ-06 feature immigrant families approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. Elements seen in the background of the designs are as follows: NJ-01, the interior of the Registry Room; NJ-02, the Main Immigration Building; NJ-04, the Main Immigration Building and the ferry terminal; NJ-05, the Hospital Building; and NJ-06, the Ellis Island Ferry Building; NJ-07 depicts the arrival of immigrants to Ellis Island, as they descend from a ship to the dock in front of the Main Immigration Depot. The new arrivals show expressions of hopefulness at the prospect of starting new lives in a new country. The Ellis Island Hospital is visible in the background; NJ-08 depicts a family of European immigrants just after they disembarked a transatlantic ship, which can be seen in the background. The direction of the wooden dock boards symbolizes the path that will lead them to better lives; NJ-09, NJ-09A, NJ-10, and NJ-10A feature an immigrant family waiting on Ellis Island, hoping to be granted entry into the United States. Views of the Ferry Building and its Art Deco spire or the Main Immigration Building can be seen in the background; NJ-11 depicts an immigrant woman approaching Ellis Island with the Hospital Building in the background.
Ellis Island is located in the Port of New York and New Jersey and was the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station between the years of 1892 and 1954; it served as the gateway to the U.S. for more than 12 million people. Interestingly, a sovereignty dispute between New York and New Jersey led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding that, contrary to long-held belief, the majority of Ellis Island is in New Jersey rather than New York. It was designated a National Monument with the Statue of Liberty in 1966.
The recommended designs for next year’s other ATB quarters, which will feature Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Frederick Douglass National Historical Site, and George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, can be viewed here. Updates on today’s CCAC meeting will be posted as more information becomes available.