In mid-2017, the third quarter out of the five 2017 quarters from the US Mint will be available. This quarter is the 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter and honors the national site located in the state of Missouri. The release will mark the thirty-eight quarter issued as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
Design candidates for the 2017 quarters will likely not be known until sometime in early 2016. Design candidates offer several different options depicting the same location, but prepared by different artists or from different perspectives. The Mint then submits typically 3-4 of the best design candidates for review by groups and individuals who comment on them before the Treasury Secretary makes the final selection.
This final choice for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter should be announced by the Mint in late 2016 along with the other final designs for the 2017 quarters.
Effigy Mounds National Monument and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site will have quarters honoring them released before the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter is released. Following the Ozark Quarter will be the Ellis Island National Monument Quarter and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site information
Ozark National Scenic Riverways of Missouri is the first national site to protect a river system. This system consists of the Current and Jacks Fork rivers, which are two of the clearest rivers in the world.
The park is over 80,000 acres and offers a vast number of outdoor activities, such as canoeing, hiking, fishing and many more. There are also caves in the area that visitors can explore.
Although there are over a million visitors per year, many believe the national park is a state park. In 1967, the three major camp grounds that were run by the state were handed over to the national government. This causes some confusion to this day.