2017 Frederick Douglass Quarters for DC in Rolls and Bags

Rolls and bags of quarters honoring Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. go on sale Monday, April 3, 2017.

Frederick Douglass Quarter in rolls and bags
Rolls and bags of Frederick Douglass quarters become available on April 3

The quarter-dollar is issued as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. It is the second such release this year and the thirty-seventh overall in the series that started in 2010. Available product choices include rolls and bags filled with 40 to 120 quarters at prices that range from a low of $18.95 to a high of $46.95.

Local financial institutions cannot order coins of a certain design from Federal Reserve Banks so new quarters can take months to years to appear locally in change. The U.S. Mint’s roll and bag products are one of the best ways to get them early, in large quantities, and from each of three production facilities that make them.

Product Options

The rolls and bags include circulating quality Frederick Douglass quarters that are made at one of three U.S. Mint production facilities:

  • the Philadelphia Mint,
  • the Denver Mint, and
  • the San Francisco Mint.

Although the quarters are in circulating quality, they have never been in circulation. Product choices and their prices are:

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 the quarters are made with “S” for San Francisco, “P” for Philadelphia and “D” for Denver. The mintmark appears on the obverse or heads side of each coin.

Frederick Douglass quarters from the Denver and Philadelphia Mints will eventually make their way into change but those from the San Francisco Mint are struck specifically for coin collectors. They will not be distributed into circulation.

Designs on Frederick Douglass Quarters

Quarter obverses (heads) share John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington. It is quarter reverses (tails) that change with the America Beautiful Quarter series, each celebrating a distinct national park or site in one of the states, territories or, in this case, Washington, D.C.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter for Washington, DC
This is an image of the reverse or tails side of the 2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter for Washington, DC

Reverses of this quarter depict Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, D.C. Thomas Hipschen created the design and Phebe Hemphill sculpted it.


Anyone can order the rolls and bags beginning at noon ET on April 3. The U.S. Mint’s product page for quarter products is online here.

Quarter Launch Ceremony, Forum and Coin Exchange

One day later, on Tuesday, April 4, the United States Mint and National Park Service will officially unveil the new quarter in a ceremony at the national site.

The ceremony is free and open to the public, and begins at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. Attending children will receive one free quarter. After the ceremony, there is a coin exchange where the public can swap cash for rolls of P-mint mark quarters‎.

On the day before the ceremony, April 3, the U.S. Mint will host a coin forum at its headquarters at 801 9th Street NW in Washington, D.C. The forum is from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. RSVP is required for the forum and entry into U.S. Mint building (ddawson@usmint.treas.gov).

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