The latest issue in the America the Beautiful (ATB) Quarter Series commemorates Fort Moultrie, a historic series of fortifications on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. This is the fifth release in the ATB Quarter Series for 2016, and bullion coins will begin to be issued in November of 2016. If you want to be one of the first collectors to secure this new release, sign-up for a pre-sale notification from ModernCoinMart (MCM) today. When this coin is officially released by the U.S. Mint in November, you will receive an email alert before everyone else!
Following in the footsteps of the highly popular State Quarter Series, the ATB Quarter Series began in 2010. This was authorized by the “America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.” Every release in the series will commemorate a national park, historical site, or reserve from each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia. These are struck as clad quarters for circulation, proof silver quarters for collectors, and of course, 5 oz. silver quarters for both silver stackers and collectors.
These larger 5 oz. quarters are struck from .999 fine silver and have a three-inch diameter. These massive coins were a first for the U.S. Mint, and have certainly become very popular among collectors. They are issued in two different versions; a Mint State, lightly mirrored bullion coin for silver stackers, and a Specimen or “Vapor-blasted” version for collectors.
The reverse of the quarter shows a design created by a member of the Artistic Infusion Program from the U.S. Mint. It depicts Sergeant William Jasper returning his regiment’s flag to the ramparts of the fort. A British ship is pictured in the background with cannons blazing and gunpowder smoke billowing around it. The inscriptions “SOUTH CAROLINA,” “FORT MOULTRIE,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “2016” all appear on the border encircling the design.
The obverse design is an American classic that was created back in 1932 by sculptor John Flanagan. It depicts a portrait of the first U.S. president and founding Father, George Washington. It is a detailed design that has remained on the U.S. Quarter ever since its creation. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful Quarters also boast a smooth edge that is struck with a very special incuse inscription. This will read “.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.”
On June 28th, 1776, British Admiral Sir Peter Barker led nine British warships to attack Fort Moultrie, then named Fort Sullivan. Still under construction, the fort was being built to guard the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. The British warships bombarded the fort, yet the cannonballs had minimal effect. The walls were constructed out of local palmetto trees, and the soft wood simply absorbed the impact – some reports even stated that the cannonballs bounced off!
Sometime during this bombardment, William Jasper, a Sergeant in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, found an opportunity to prove his merit. A shell from a British warship had smashed through the pole bearing his regiment’s flag, leaving it lying on the ground. Jasper, in a heroic move, returned the flag to the fort, holding it high in the face of the British bombardment until a new flagstaff was erected.
At the end of the day, the 2nd South Carolina Regiment prevailed and the British warships were driven from the area with heavy damage. This was a major victory for the budding nation, and the fort was renamed after the commander of the Regiment, William Moultrie. The flag saved by the now-famous Sergeant Jasper, had actually been designed by the Commander and became known as the Moultrie Flag.
This historic fort has been commemorated forever with this latest release in the ATB Quarter Series. You can commemorate it as well, by adding one of these Fort Moultrie ATB Quarters to your collection! While bullion 5 oz. Silver Fort Moultrie ATBs are scheduled for a November release, the vapor blasted collector's versions are not scheduled for release until December. Sign-up for a pre-sale notification from MCM to ensure you are one of the first collectors to receive yours!