The U.S. Mint began accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful (ATB) five-ounce silver uncirculated coin commemorating the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (product code 17AK) on May 2.
The second release of 2017 in the ATB Quarters Program, this 99.9 per cent silver coin features a reverse design depicting Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, D.C. in the background. Inscriptions include “FREDERICK DOUGLASS,” “DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The designer’s initials, “TRH,” appear to the left of Douglass’s knee while engraver Phoebe Hemphill’s initials, “PH,” appear below his left arm.
The obverse design depicts the left-facing effigy of George Washington originally created by John Flanagan in 1932 and updated by William Cousins in 1999, when the U.S. Mint began its 50 State Quarters Program. The issuing country “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” appears above the portrait with “QUARTER DOLLAR” below and “LIBERTY” to the left. America’s national motto, “IN / GOD WE / TRUST,” is engraved to the right. A “P” mintmark appears below the motto.
The coin’s edge is also incused with the fineness, metal content and weight.
|Denomination||Quarter dollar (25 cents)|
|Composition||99.9 per cent silver|
|Weight||Five Troy ounces (155.517 grams)|
|Diameter||Three inches (76.20 mm)|
|Mint, mintmark||Philadelphia Mint (‘P’)|