Frederick Douglass America the Beautiful Quarter

Appearing as the second of five new quarter dollar strikes in 2017 to be part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter. These coins also mark the thirty-seventh coin out of 56 new issues appearing under the program which started in 2010 and runs through 2021.

Preliminary design candidates for the Douglas quarter should be introduced to the public in early 2016 to allow the appropriate review time. The final design, however, should only be known sometime in early 2017.

As the second quarter to be released by the Mint in 2017, it should enter circulation in the spring of that year.

Additional 2017 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site of the District of Columbia

Commemorating the man more so than the house is the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site located in Washington, D.C.

Frederick Douglass was a well-spoken abolitionist who in his early years was actually a slave before escaping to freedom. Throughout the remainder of his life he promoted the ideas of equality, not only based on ethnicity, but also for women.

The house serving as the base of the historic site was bought by Douglass in 1877, and served as his home until he died in 1895. He named the house “Cedar Hill” and it still affords visitors a grand view of Washington, D.C. today.

Those interested in taking a tour of the house may want to consider reserving a ticket in advance. Due to the size of the structure, the tour size is limited and done on a ticket basis.

Contrary to what many believe, Douglas was actually buried in Rochester, New York and not in Washington, D.C. Even though he spent a large portion of his life in the nation’s capital, more time was spent in New York, one reason for his being buried in the family plot there.