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The 37th release in the popular America the Beautiful (ATB) 5 oz. Silver Quarter Series, the 2017 5 oz. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site ATB Silver Quarter has been released from the U.S. Mint.
This year, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site from the District of Columbia is honored by being featured on an America the Beautiful 5 oz. silver coin release. Learn more about the ATB series in our InfoVault.
The 2017 Frederick Douglass ATB 5 oz. Silver Coins commemorate the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site located in the Distrcit of Colombia. Founded in 1988, It preserves the estate of a man who is considered to be one of the most prominent African-Americans of the 19th century - Frederick Douglass.
Author, government official, journalist, and civil rights activist, Douglass began his career when he purchased his freedom between 1847 and 1848. Instead of participating in a campaign of violence, he chose to use the power of words to fight slavery. When criticized for his discussions with slave owners, he declared: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
He later became U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. In 1872 he became the first African-American to appear on a presidential ballot (as vice-presidential candidate). Douglass accepted the appointment of U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia when Rutherford B. Hays became President (1877-1881).
Visitors to this historic site, based in the historical neighborhood of Anacostia in Washington D.C., can see the house Douglass resided in for 17 years up to the time of his death. He named it Cedar Hill.
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site America the Beautiful Coin has a reverse designed by Thomas Hipschen, a member of the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. Phebe Hemphill, U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver, is responsible for sculpting the original plaster. The obverse design was created and sculpted by John Flanagan back in 1932.
The reverse design of the 2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 5 oz. Silver ATB features Frederick Douglass in the foreground sitting at a writing desk with pen in hand while Cedar Hill can be seen in the background. Inscriptions on the reverse include: “DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,” “FREDERICK DOUGLASS,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “2017.” The artist's and engraver's initials can be seen at the bottom of the design.
The obverse features a portrait of President George Washington. The initials of Flanagan, namely “JF,” can be seen in the lower portion of the Washington portrait. Inscriptions on this side include: “LIBERTY,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
This 5 oz. America the Beautiful Quarter has incuse edge lettering denoting its precious metal content: “.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE”
"Specimen” issues of 2017 5 oz. Silver ATB Frederick Douglass National Site Quarters will, in addition to the other inscriptions, include the “P” Mint mark of the Philadelphia Mint on the obverse.
The collector issue (Specimen) 2017 5 oz. Frederick Douglass ATB Quarters are expected to be released sometime in April, 2017.
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To learn more about other ATB quarters that will be issued later this year, look no further than Louis Golino’s authoritative article on the subject, titled: 2017 America the Beautiful 5 oz. Silver Quarters: An Overview.