The first of five issues in the 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful (ATB) Quarter Series has been released for 2017. This wonderful release features Iowa’s famous Effigy Mounds National Monument. Showcased in pure silver, this 5 oz. ATB release is an essential piece of the beloved American series.
Designed by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist, Richard Masters and sculpted by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver, Renata Gordon, the reverse design of this ATB shows a beautiful scene from Effigy Mounds National Park. In the foreground, a large bird-shaped mound can be seen, flanked by two iconic bear shaped mounds. The latter are from a long line of similar mounds known as the “Marching Bear” formation. Lush green grass grows over all of these earthworks, and in the background, the edge of the forest stands tall.
The obverse was designed over 80 years ago by a New York sculptor named John Flanagan. It is a realistic portrait of our first Commander-in-Chief, President George Washington. Flanagan’s work has stood the test of time and is still the face of the circulating quarter today. It resides as the obverse of this oversized 5 oz. .999 fine silver ATB quarter, along with inscriptions denoting its legal tender quarter dollar face value.
The U.S. Mint has announced that the bullion 2017 Effigy Mounds ATB Quarters would be issued on February 6, 2017, followed by the collector’s vapor blasted issues not long after. If you are among the many who are excitedly waiting for the release of this coin, sign up for an email notification. We will let you know as soon as these quarters are available for presale so you can be one of the first to place your order!
You can also check out the other releases in the ATB series coming later this year by reading 2017 America the Beautiful 5 oz. Silver Quarters: An Overview. Keep your eye out on our other coming soon pages, and you will soon be able to sign up for presale notification on the next releases.
Over a millennia ago, primitive yet impressive earthworks in the shape of animals, humans, and symbols were raised in a large area stretching from Northeast Iowa to Southeast Minnesota. Known as Effigy Mounds, it is believed that these were constructed for early American tribes to bury their dead, while also serving as spiritual locations. These massive shapes were first noticed and surveyed by early European settlers, but in the past century, aerial photography and satellite imagery has allowed us to experience these prehistoric constructions like never before.
On October 25, 1949, after around 15,000 of these effigy mounds had already been lost due to settling and farming, a large group of more than 200 effigy mounds became a protected national monument. Included in this number are many stylized figures of bears, birds, and other shapes and symbols. Thanks to the popular America the Beautiful 5 oz. Quarter series, these effigy mounds will be preserved for years to come in beautiful pure silver!