Rolls and bags of quarters commemorating Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument become available on Monday, February 6, 2017.
This year’s first quarter-dollar from the U.S. Mint series of America the Beautiful Quarters®, and the thirty-sixth overall, shows three prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans. The national park actually preserves more than 200 of them.
Why buy Effigy Mounds quarters straight from the U.S. Mint? The short answer is to get them quicker. Financial institutions cannot order coins by design from Federal Reserve Banks so new quarters can take months to years to appear locally in change.
Product choices include single rolls, two-roll sets, three-row sets and bags filled with quarters in circulating quality. The quarters are available from three different U.S. Mint facilities.
- the Philadelphia Mint,
- the Denver Mint, and
- the San Francisco Mint.
Here is a breakdown of the options:
|Single Roll of 40 coins||"S"||$18.95|
|100-Coin Bag||"P," "D," or "S"||$34.95|
|Two-Roll Set, 40 coins per roll||"P" and "D"||$32.95|
|Three-Roll Set, 40 coins per roll||"P," "D," and "S"||$46.95|
Mintmarks denote where quarters are from with "P" for Philadelphia, "D" for Denver and "S" for San Francisco. The mintmark appears on the obverse (heads) side.
Effigy Mounds quarters from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints will eventually make their way into pocket change, but those from the San Francisco Mint are struck solely for coin collectors.
Designs on Effigy Mounds Quarters
All quarter obverses (heads side) feature the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan.
Reverses (tails side) change for each national park or site they commemorate. This first 2017 quarter shows an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Richard Masters created the design and Renata Gordon sculpted it.
Anyone can order quarter rolls and bags beginning at noon ET on February 6. The U.S. Mint’s product page for quarter products is found online here.
Quarter Launch Ceremony, Forum and Coin Exchange
One day later, on Tuesday, February 7, the National Park Service and U.S. Mint will introduce the new quarter in a ceremony. It is held at Allamakee Community School District High School Gym in Waukon, Iowa. The ceremony is free and open to the public, and begins at 10:00 a.m. CST. Attending kids will receive one free quarter. After the ceremony, there is a coin exchange where the public can swap cash for rolls of D-mint mark quarters.
On the evening prior to the ceremony, February 6, the U.S. Mint will host a coin forum at the Effigy Mounds National Monument Visitor Center. Also free and open to the public, attendees can ask Mint officials about current and upcoming products. The forum is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.