The first 2017 strike of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter. This Effigy Mounds strike will also be the thirty-sixth coin of the 56 quarter dollar series which launched in 2010 and runs through 2021.
The US Mint should be releasing design candidates for the Effigy Mounds coin sometime in early 2016 for review by the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts. However, the final design will probably be unknown to the public until shortly before the coin appears in circulation in 2017.
Scheduled as the first quarter to be issued in 2017, the Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter will likely enter circulation in January or February of the year.
Additional 2017 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter
- Ellis Island National Monument Quarter
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter
Effigy Mounds National Monument of Iowa
Preserving sacred and historic structures from centuries ago is the main reason for Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The structures being referred to here are earthen mounds which were created by the Native Americans of the area.
The Monument consists of three separate units, all of them containing mounds with the Sny Magill Unit containing the most at 112. The North and South Units are more easily accessible and contain the visitor facilities for the area.
Mounds were built for burial, lodging and ceremonies by Native Americans from the midwest to the Eastern coast, but only in this area is such a collection so dense and well preserved. The monument even includes 31 effigies which are mounds in the shape of creatures like birds, mammals and reptiles. In all, almost 2,000 years of mound construction is represented within the National Monument.
Aside from the preserved mounds, visitors to the monument are afforded a beautiful view of the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers from the bluffs on the river valley. It was here that the first contact between European settlers and upper Mississippi River Native Americans took place in 1673.