The set contains two uncirculated quarters—one from the Philadelphia Mint and one from the Denver Mint—and one Proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint. The coins, which are the fifth release in the ATB Quarters program this year, are held in a plastic card with an image of the national park. A certificate of authenticity is printed on the back of the card.
The coins feature a common reverse design by Artistic Infusion Program artist Frank Morris depicting George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville. Inscriptions include “GEORGE ROGERS CLARK,” “INDIANA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
The coins’ common obverse design features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan.
The coins have a weight of 5.67 grams, a diameter of 24.26 mm and a composition of 8.33 per cent nickel with the balance of the metal content being copper.
NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park was named a National Park in 1966. The park is located within the city limits of Vincennes, Indiana adjacent to the Wabash River. The 26.17-acre site contains the George Rogers Clark Memorial which commemorates the achievements of Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen during the American Revolution.
Following Clark’s capture of British posts at Kaskaskia and Cahokia (in the Illinois country along the Mississippi River) in 1778, he led his small contingent of men in a daunting mid-winter march of 157 miles that culminated in the surrender of the British garrison at Fort Sackville on Feb. 25, 1779. Clark’s daring surprise capture of the fort is considered one of the greatest feats of the American Revolution. The event effectively limited British control of the region and was instrumental in the subsequent establishment of the Northwest Territory and American expansion west of the Appalachians.
The memorial was designed and constructed between 1927 and 1936. It is the largest memorial outside of Washington D.C. and the largest placed on a battlefield within the US. The rotunda boasts seven large murals and a bronze statue of Clark.
HOW TO PURCHASE
The 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters three-coin set, “George Rogers Clark National Historical Park,” is priced at $9.95 USD. Orders are accepted at catalog.usmint.gov or 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT.
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